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Sudden sharp pains base of big toe, injury likely

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by LauraS, Mar 31, 2022.

  1. LauraS

    LauraS New Member

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    So, apparently I've injured something on my left foot. Yesterday, a lot of gardening work and squatting to pull weeds and such and had feet flexed a lot while doing this for hours with a few breaks. I'm no spring chicken but I'm in pretty good shape and do this stuff a lot. I was fine when I finished (well, except for my back issues) but when getting ready for bed I noticed my feet were a little achy and I kind of stood on the ball of the left foot and lifted my heel a bit to stretch it and got the most excruciating, sudden pain at the base of the big toe on the inside of the foot (where a bunion would be except it's not a bunion) that just about dropped me. After that I continued to get to bed and the pain would shoot thru now and then (stabbing). After I got into bed, holy cow... it was like labor pains in my foot all night long. The pain would intensify for about 4-5 seconds, then abate and then come back in 15-20 seconds. Very sharp pain that comes to a crescendo and fades briefly. This happened ALL. NIGHT. LONG. I would drift off and then it would wake me up. No position helped. So, that's when I started counting the time in between. There might be a slight bit of inflammation on that spot but not much. It's painful right now as I sit and type this... still coming and going but probably at a faster pace. If I bend the big toe downward....forget about it! OW. It hurts to the touch on that spot. I find walking without flexing my foot to be the most comfortable way to walk. Coming down the stairs, the edge of the carpeted step hit right across the ball of my foot and that was also quite painful and I had to continue down the stairs sideways. I can't "get thee to the doc" at the moment because I'm about to head out on a trip and then another directly after. Has anyone run into a similar situation and if so, what was your issue?
    The weird part to me is that the pain comes so regular, increases, then abates and then starts up again. Just like labor pains. It does actually hurt a little less if my foot is pressed against the floor without any flexion.

    Edited to add... I just walked across the floor and went ahead and let my foot flex normally when I stepped and there was no additional discomfort... but if the big toe bends downward.... that's another story.
  2. LauraS

    LauraS New Member

    After a little research this morning... it seems the most likely culprit is Turf Toe. It seems to fit the most. It's quite likely it was overextended for a lengthy time and that super stretch I tried last night finalized it. Of course I'm no podiatrist but the symptoms seem to fit the best.
    Also, as the day goes on and I have to function, I find myself stepping down on that foot on the outside of the foot.. flatly.
  3. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Super Moderator

    It is a bit hard to tell and would really need x-ray or MRI to clearly get a picture of what is going on. Best thing to do now is use ice and take some pain relief and just monitor how it goes over the next few days.

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