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pain on bottom of big toe when pressure applied ?

For 5 weeks I have pain when pressure is applied to my big toe on the bottom... under what looks like the distal phalanx - the top portion of the big toe. So, not under the ball of the foot...but higher...where your toe hits the ground or bottom of shoe when walking. There is no swelling, redness, bump...nothing. No injury that I can think of. Just one night it started hurting as if there is a raw nerve in one specific spot . I have to wear a callus pad on it w/a hole in the middle and cannot survive without it! It's not getting better. Internet searches don't help me at all..it does not hurt when there is no pressure. It is not numb. Bending it is totally fine. Just hurts when touched. I hate to go to the doctor if it just needs time to heal....however, it's not getting worse, just not getting better. I can't go on walks and I'm starting to favor the side of that foot (left) which can't be good. It gets worse if I walk a bit of a distance. Icing it has helped but just temporary. Any ideas? Thank you so much for any feedback!

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Sounds very much like a hallux interphalangeal sesamoid problem. The only simple option you have is to use a 'donut' pad to offload it which you are doing. The other option is surgical removal (assuming that is what it is).

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spinningdaisy
2118 day(s) ago
Thank you Doc Pod...but will it go away on its own if I use a donut and not put pressure on it for awhile?

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