Distinct Toe Issue!

I am 28 years old, 5’6, 125lbs, female, and in good health, but suffering from a possible irritable bowel symptoms (ongoing issue is being examined by doctors at this time, but symptoms of alleged IBS notably began SHORTLY BEFORE my toes began to react in this fashion).
I do not smoke. I do not drink alcohol. I am active (although currently less active from fear of putting pressure on my toes) and drink a minimum of 1 litre of water a day. I am not on any medications at all.

Last November I noticed my big left toe began to swell up on me, in a very distinct manner. It would ONLY swell up when pressure was applied to a very localized pinpointed section of my toe. It almost had the sensation of having a foreign object inside the toe, and when I would step on it, it would hurt and swell up. When pressure was applied over a period of time (say, a shift at work where I stand all day), but when pressure was not applied pain and swelling would remain dormant. Thinking it was a foreign object, I went to my GP who sent me to a podiatrist, saw my toe and ruled out a foreign object. He believes it could be a ganglion cyst, after he ruled out any other kinds of common toe problems. A small procedure was attempted to break the cyst with little success. Only a small amount of infection was released. The problem persisted after that day. There are no visible signs of the alleged cyst. Just puffiness, and tenderness when pressure is sustained to the spots over a period of time..

Recently, I began to notice the same behaviour on my RIGHT toe. A very distinct spot on my right toe will flare up when pressure is applied. The joints are not sore, I don’t experience any aching, although it is painful to have pressure applied to my toe tissue in the tender distinct spots. It all seems to be in the flesh of the toe. Now a few days ago, I noticed the same behaviour starting on my SECOND toe next to my big left toe. I can’t possibly imagine all my toes beginning to harbour cysts this way, or that I am just randomly getting shards of glass stuck in my toes all of a sudden. I am concerned that this problem is beginning to attack all of my toes slowly over a period of time. Could it be a tissue related issue? Why are the spots so localized, as if I have several foreign objects inside my toes.

I am beginning to suffer from Mortons Neuroma from walking crooked in attempt to keep any sources of pressure off my toes at all times. (I am flat footed, which has NEVER bothered me before, but in this case, it was suggested I get orthotics to assist in my current issues nonetheless)
I now have orthotics and are about to start using them to help with the Mortons Neuroma. Shoes with wide spaces at the end are in use to prevent any pressure being applied to my toes, but regular daily activities, (running, walking, standing) all cause me to in some way apply pressure to my toes causing the flaring and discomfort to persist. Even socks (and I have been wearing the same brand for years) are all of a sudden too much pressure, and I need to wear my husbands loose man socks which are way too big for me to stop any possibility of pressure.

I am currently being sent for an x-ray of my left foot.

I understand that you do not offer medical diagnosis, but any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for having this website!

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. It is difficult for me to diagnosis you without examining your foot. I will do my best to guide you.

    If you are describing cyst-like masses on the foot then I would suggest getting an MRI. If the initial Podiatrist was suspecting a ganglion cyst then having an MRI done would not be out of the question. Depending on what the MRI results are, doing a biopsy may be in order to get a better idea of what the lesions are and if they are in fact just ganglion cysts. MRI should be your next step.

    I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
    Please be advised: we do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

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