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Toe Dislocation- long story! ?

Hello. I am dying to know what in the world is wrong with my toes and why they seem to randomly pop out of socket every so often. About 6-7 years ago was the first time this happened. I am age 30. I was playing beach volleyball and as much as I remember, I just took a step after serving the ball and I felt this strange and intense pain in my foot near my toes. I looked down and my fourth toe appeared to be "stuck" in a slightly unnatural position. Even though this was the first time it happened, I think I knew that it had moved out of socket, if not fully than at least partially. It hurt badly and I was panicked but it eventually went back in place after a minute or so. I figured it was just a fluke thing but then it happened again while playing beach volleyball, this time my middle toe (same foot). At that point I decided that I needed to tape my toes together anytime I would play on the sand and figured it had something to do with the uneven terrain. I began taping the three middle toes together and it wasn't a problem anymore. Then a couple years later I was working out at the gym (toes not taped). I was on a machine that required my feet to lock into something and when I pulled up to do a sit up, I felt my toe pop out. I had an immediate jerk reaction, hopped off the machine, hobbled to the locker room and waited for it to go back in. The toe always goes back into socket on its own anywhere from about 30 seconds to a couple minutes (which feels like an eternity when you are that uncomfortable and in a state of panic).


Fast forward a few years later (present day) and it happened again. I was on a normal volleyball court warming up my volleyball team. Again, I was not doing anything drastic, I took a step and I felt the awkward and intense pain again. I knew what happened immediately and hobbled off the court. The toe went back in after a couple minutes but for whatever reason it hasn't felt right since and I am paranoid to walk on it, out of fear it will pop out again. Every time it has happened in the past, the toe goes back in and I am good as new. This time it just feels off and now I'm in a constant state of paranoia that it will pop out again. I got x rays a couple days after the incident to make sure the toe was back in socket. Doc said x rays looked good. I have kept my toes taped together since but tried walking on it and doing my normal workouts, however the pain got worse...bad enough to were I was limping around which eventually led me to ordering a boot until I can see the podiatrist. Does anyone know what in the world is going on? It blows my mind that all my life I have been super active, heavily involved in sports. Running, jumping, twisting, and turning every which way and it has NEVER popped out when doing these intense, more aggressive activities. I cant make sense of what causes this to happen or understand why this time I am having so much trouble with it after the fact.

I believe it has happened on both feet (though I'm not certain.) I also believe it is normally the fourth toe but I know there was at least one time it was the third toe. It's such a painful experience and I don't want it to happen anymore. Waiting to see the podiatrist but wont be able to until another week and a half. I currently have my toes taped and am walking in a boot.

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I never seen this and not heard about it before, which means it must be really rare.
It would have to be due to some sort of weakness of the ligaments (or even absence of specific ligaments) around the joint which allows the dislocation to happen easily.

Maybe a detailed MRI can show the deficit.

If that is the case, the surgical reconstruction may be needed.

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