Over the last two or three weeks, a slightly reddish bump has developed on top of each of my big toes, located at the last joint/knuckle before the tip of the toe.
They're not painful to the touch, though the one on the right seems to be slightly sensitive- I am often barefoot (work from home) and when I step in a manner that pulls against the pad of my foot, I can feel a very slight/quick burning feeling from the skin where the bump is (when that skin is pulled tighter). I'll admit this may just be due to me rubbing/picking at the skin after showers (which I did once or twice recently but am not anymore).
I haven't had new shoes recently, and as I said, having been wearing shoes nearly as frequently as I used to. Sometimes I wear socks, sometimes I am completely barefoot.
There is no other pain in my foot (when bending toes, etc) and these are otherwise painless- though the last day or two, the one on the left toe has been slightly sensitive to rubbing against things. Again, not sure if this is from picking at it a few days ago. It isn't bad pain, just a very quick irritation, sort of like a momentary burning or stinging feeling.
There is no puss, and it feels solid (not like an abscess or legion), like padded skin I guess.
By the way, I have dryness and sometimes a little bit flaky skin, in between my toes- you can see it a bit in this picture. That stuff schleps off after I shower (hence the scratching at the bumps after showering). Not sure if this might be related in some way to the dry skin.
I thought of gout or bunions, but those both seem to pretty exclusively affect the knuckle at the base of the big toe, and more on the side than on the top.
I very much appreciate any thoughts anyone has. I don't have my own insurance yet, so I am hoping to get a little more information before I figure out how to approach treatment if it is necessary.
Thanks ahead of time.