What is toe pain?

Toe pain is any uncomfortable sensation in the toes. Your toes contain bones (the phalanges), joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels, all of which are subject to injury, infection, or other conditions that cause pain.

Toe pain may last briefly or be constant. You may feel a throbbing, piercing or tingling sensation. Pain-like sensations that are often described as pins and needles, prickling, or burning are called paresthesia. Toe pain may be simply irritating and uncomfortable or so debilitating that you cannot put a shoe on or put any kind of pressure on your foot or toe. Toe pain can arise from a variety of conditions ranging from a bunion to nerve conditions.

In some cases, toe pain can be a symptom of a serious condition, such as an infection or peripheral artery disease. If you are experiencing persistent toe pain or pain with swelling, redness, and warmth of the toe, seek prompt medical care.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with toe pain?

Other symptoms may occur with toe pain depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, an infection or inflammation of the toe might be accompanied by redness or warmth of the area.

Symptoms that may occur along with toe pain

Symptoms that may occur with toe pain include:

CAUSES

What causes toe pain?

Many cases of toe pain are due to injury or age-related wear and tear on the skin, muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments of the toe. Common causes of toe pain include calluses, arthritis and bunions. However, infectious diseases, neurological conditions, and other abnormal processes can also affect the toe. In particular, sores on your toes that do not heal properly may be a sign of po... Read more about toe paincauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Bones, Joints and Muscles, Arthritis


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