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What could this weird pain be?

Asked by poofandmook (17272points) June 11th, 2010

I’ve been sitting on the bed for a few hours, with my legs outstretched. I started to notice that the middle three toes on my left foot hurt. Kind of around the toe knuckles, and they feel very scraped.. almost like a new tattoo feels for those of you who have them. I didn’t scrape them, the skin isn’t red, broken, splotchy, or anything. It hurts a little bit more if I sort of rub with my fingertips even lightly.

It’s only those three toes, only the top part where the knuckle is, no pain at the tips of my toes, and the pain is purely a scraped feeling; nothing else.

I haven’t changed soaps or laundry detergents. I also haven’t walked barefoot anywhere except from the bathroom to my bedroom and only the bottoms of my feet touched the carpet, like every day. They’ve also been on top of all the covers and for once, the cats weren’t sleeping on my feet.

Any ideas? It’s really really annoying and surprisingly painful for not having any idea why.

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Nullo's avatar

It might be your tendons pulling.

poofandmook's avatar

@Nullo: it feels very much like it’s only skin deep.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

The same branch of the deep fibular nerve innervates digits 2–5. If it was a nervous problem, you should be feeling the same thing in your small toe.

Nerves do occasionally give sensations without cause, in a sensory equivalent of the twitches that sometimes affect motor nerves. I think it should resolve itself by tomorrow, since it doesn’t sound like a serious problem.

Xilas's avatar

Either you sprained the toes or you couldnt possibly have a less severe case of gout.

Warmth, pain, swelling, and extreme tenderness in a joint, usually a big toe joint . This symptom is called podagra.

Pain that starts during the night and is so intense that even light pressure from a sheet is intolerable.

Rapid increase in discomfort, lasting for some hours of the night and then easing during the next few days.

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