• Roseee Roseee
    May 25, 2008
    Burning pain in big toe and top of foot
    Roseee Roseee
    May 25, 2008

    I have burning pain in my big toe, on top of the foot, and also in the heel. I burns so badly that I can't even stand or walk on it. Any idea of what may be the cause and of any treatment? I had a bone spur removed from the big toe about eight weeks ago, a plate removed from the top of my foot, and scar tissue removed from across the top of the ankle.

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    May 26, 2008
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    May 26, 2008

    If the burning pain is in the foot that received surgery and it began after the surgery, there is most likely a connection.  Talk to your surgeon or the doctor who referred you for surgery and ask if there was anything about the surgery that could cause the pain you are experiencing.  (Sometimes an injury or damage to a nerve can cause a burning pain, but it could also be something entirely different.)  Hopefully, they can suggest something to help relieve the pain while your foot continues to heal. 

    Here are some links on pain management and foot issues that might be helpful:

    Using Tylenol Responsibly

    Let’s Talk Pain Meds

    What Your Feet Say About Your Health

     

     

    Karen

    • Lindseyde
      July 07, 2009
      Lindseyde
      July 07, 2009

      My husband and I both are experiecing the same problem. At first it would come and go infrequently, now his is much more frequent and stays longer. The pain is so bad in his it makes it hard for him to walk on them. The intense burning has gone away in mine, but am left with a low grade permanent stinging sensation, and if I touch the top of my big toe it feels like raw nerve. I also have a bulge on top of the same foot, it's soft tissue but definately a swollen area. Been there for about a year. Neither one of us have had foot injury or surgeries. Been to two doctors, neither of which diagnosed it. One gave me very expensive foot inserts for my flat fleet believing that was my  problem, which at 50 had never caused anything like that before so doubtful that was the problem.

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    • Karen Lee Richards
      July 10, 2009
      Karen Lee Richards
      Health Guide
      July 10, 2009

      How unusual that you and your husband would have the same foot problems.  A burning sensation usually indicates some kind of nerve pain, but pinpointing what is causing it is the challenge.  Have you and your husband ever gone to the doctor's together for this?  I'm not sure how the two problems could be related, but it would certainly be worth exploring.  I wish I knew what else to tell you.  All I can do is encourage you not to give up.  Keep trying to find a doctor who will work with you to provide an accurate diagnosis and helpful treatment. 

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    • Lindseyde
      July 13, 2009
      Lindseyde
      July 13, 2009

      Thanks for the reply. Yes, we thought it a coincidence that we both have the same, or what seems to be the same problem. We've wondered if perhaps if it is arthritus. We have not gone together. He actually has other leg/back pain that he has been dealing with and we think could be related to the toe pain. He seems to be getting more and more affected with knee joint and back pain every year....but again getting a diagnosis is hard. Neither of us are hugely over weight, both of us are about 25-30 lbs over which is not good, but I don't think should be a big contributing factor since we're both in our 50's. But we'll keep trying to find a good doctor who will take the time to really find the cause. Thanks again for responding!

       

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