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Big toe pain, both feet -at rest

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 01/30/2016 - 11:19 PM in Chronic Pain
Severe pain and burning, both feet and only at rest. Able to walk, hike, run, etc without pain. Elevation of feet (even driving a car), sitting in a recliner, etc
causes immediate painful burning in both big toes. Have visited many specialists and had almost every conceivable test (X-ray, MRI, PVR, Angiogram).
No consensus as to cause. Tried steroid injections, many medications such as Nerurontin, Diclofenac, Lamictal, also Acupuncture and Raiki. None have proved very helpful.
Now under "Pain Management" using Lido/Nifed deep gel and a TENS device
(Rehabilicare-IF WAVE). TENS device seems most helpful so far but results vary greatly depending upon electrode placement. (Ankle/beneath big toe and variations.) If anyone has any suggestions or thoughts on this subject, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.




  • I found lyrica helpful for foot pain and sciatica. I hope you find what the cause is. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • :))) Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately neither Lyrica or any of the
    "Seizure" medications have done little but cloud my brain. Have had no consensus from medical community concerning the many, many tests I have had. Possible spinal occlusion - but the doctors disagree; possible weak circulation in toes but lower Lower Extremity Angiogram shows 100% normal. Hope that TENS device will prove helpful.
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  • Could it be gout? Does it flare? Got a buddy who has it and those are his symptoms. And its always his big toe.

  • my son has an active case..his first one of gout. His big toes is swollen very painful, hot to the touch. When he mentioned to me it was bothering him,, I suggested gout......he looked it up and said...yup, those are my symptoms. He's been treating with ice, motrin and staying off it. We are seeing improvement. If I am correct gout is just one of the the many many types of arthritis, immune systems diseases our bodies can develop. /:) Good Luck to you
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  • Hiya,
    Welcome to Spine Health >:D< . We can only advise you on our personal experiences, as we are not medical proffesionals :) .
    I have been in agony with my back, even to walk i had this burning sensation in my back and down my leg :''( . I thought it was bone pain as it felt so different to the siactic(nerve) pain :''( . It got to the point i was in tears, so my daughter phoned the hospital and spoke the the pain management team :''( . She explained my pain and they said the burning sensation was nerve pain, im feeling it more because they have taken me off some of my medication :( . I just wondered if the burning sensation that i have been having is the same as what you have been experiencing :? . I hope this helps you :) . Keep me posted! :D

    Angie :H
  • Unfortunately not Gout. I wish it was because it is usually easily controlled with medication. It would be rare to have it equally in both feet. Also, any attempt at walking can be agonizing. My pain goes away as soon as I stand up, or walk. Gout can be controlled. Had an attack years ago. Will never forget it. Even touching your toe with a sheet can make you want to scream.

    Thanks for your reply.

  • Gout is horrifyingly painful, I am at 6 weeks now, I hope you find a cause soon.Foot pains like backs are in areas with lots of usage and without them life is rough.
  • I have found on the internet this page which showes a diagram.


    I don't know if it is alright or not to post links so I took of the first part.

    I wrote a message from the first post but wanted this to be seen by others that have the same question. It took years to find this answer. So there you have it :)

    Now all you need is a doctor that will investigate, open his books or thinks a little. It would not have taken much for my EX doctor or yours to figure this out.

    My thoughts on that is if they don't have the time now....get a new one.
  • Thanks for the valuable information.its a great advice.
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