burning cuticle on toe

Physically the toe looks fine. Good capillary refill. The toenail is not too long or too short. But I keep getting a sharp burning sensation as if a lit match is being placed on the cuticle. Primarily the 2nd toe of the right foot. PCP did a check of my uric acid and ruled out gout (I am a 44 y.o. female so it wasn’t likely). This has been going on for about 6 months now and the rheumatologist and orthopedic MD are stumped as well. If you can shed some light it would be appreciated as this is stopping in me in my tracks. Sensation lasts from a split second to a minute or 2.

2 Responses

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question. I’m sorry to hear you are experiencing foot pain and that no one has been able to give you a diagnosis.

    Based on the way you are describing your symptoms it sounds like nerve pain. Nerve tests are not much help in small nerve symptoms such as this. If you have been at a loss for diagnosis, I would consider trying acupuncture as this may provide some relief.

    In addition there are nerve-protective supplements you can also integrate into your diet. These include L-methyl folate, alpha lipoic acid and L-arginine. I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

  2. John Grey

    I have been having this pain, but also arthritis pain at the joint just below the cuticle. The Dr. thinks that the burning in the cuticle area is being caused by the arthritis affecting a nerve.

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