• betsyruns betsyruns
    June 27, 2008
    What causes shooting pain in the big toe?
    betsyruns betsyruns
    June 27, 2008

    I get this intermittant pain on the top of my big toe just where it meets the nail.  I have had X-rays, blood tests, and a foot doctor examination and he is stumped also.  There is no sign of gout or arthritis and externally it looks perfectly normal.  Sometimes the pain is so intense it makes me feel feverish, but it only lasts for a few seconds.  It feels as if a needle is being stuck into the skin. Definitely not in the bone or joints. Any idea what this could be?



  • Amy Tudor
    July 30, 2014
    Amy Tudor
    July 30, 2014

    Hi there, Betsyruns -


    I know this is an old question, but I was wondering if you ever found what was causing this mysterious pain in your toe? It sounds like some kind of nerve pain, though I'm only a layperson and can't diagnose it accurately, of course. If you did find out, perhaps you'd return here and tell us what the diagnosis and treatment were? Someone else might be having the same symptoms and could find your experiences really helpful.


    Here are some links that you might be interested in, in any case.  Be well!


    Nerve Pain at a Glance

    Neuralgia – An Overview

    Foot Pain – An Introduction




  • Dr. Allen Blaivas July 16, 2008
    Dr. Allen Blaivas
    July 16, 2008

    If there is no obvious cause of the pain you are having, it may be due to a neuropathy. Neuropathic pain can be caused by a wide range of diseases with diabetes being the most common. Other common causes are infection with the Herpes-Zoster virus, nutritional deficiencies, toxins, multiple sclerosis, or immune disorders. The best type of doctor to see for this condition is probably a neurologist, who may be able to shed some additional light on the cause of the pain.

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