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third and fourth toe area, intense stabing pain only in this area only

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I have a sharp stabbing pain in my tos. What could possibly be causing it. Symptons, Sharp pain in third and fourth toe area, intense stabing pain only in this area only. I also have high arches.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DoogleNK replied 8 years ago.
HelloCustomer

Causes of pain in the 3rd & 4th toe area include tight shoes with narrow toe-box, Mortons's metatarsalgia, ingrown toe nail, skin conditions (bunions, corn, eczema, infections), fracture & other injuries.

I suspect Mortons's metatarsalgia as a possible diagnosis in your case. This is a swelling in the nerve at the base of the 3rd & 4th toes that causes pinching of this nerve.Diagnosis can be confirmed by physical exam & EMG-NCV. X-rays are a part of the work up. Other causes of toepain should be considered in diagnosis. Please consult an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation, accurate diagnosis & treatment.

Treatment included avoiding high impact activitie like running, jogging, footwear modification ( avoid high heels & tight shoes, wear shoes with wide toe-box, use of arch support, use of custome shoes or braces), ice application & tylenol or advil for pain. Some cases require local steroid injections or surgery to relieve the compression.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
yes, thank you.
Expert:  DoogleNK replied 8 years ago.
You are welcome at JA
Thanks