Toe Pain Overview

Toe pain has a variety of causes ranging from simple toe injury to severe metabolic diseases. The most common cause is simply an injury to the toe, such as “stubbed toe”. Skin afflictions can affect the skin on the toes. Various small toe disorders cause toe pain, such as ingrown toenail, bunions, calluses, etc. Arthritis can cause toe joint pain, including various lesser known types of arthritis. Gout is a disorder that is well-known for pain of the big toe. Any pain-like sensations that are more like tingling, burning, or numbness are called paresthesias, and indicate a nerve disorder. Tingling toes are a hallmark symptom of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, such as in undiagnosed diabetes or as a diabetic complication. Other types of (non-diabetic) neuropathy can also occur.

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