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Big Toe - what is going on?

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  • Posted By: fabric
  • June 20, 2008
  • 05:54 PM

Both my big toes click, but at the moment it is more pronounced on my right big toe.

The clicking is awful, like there is a problem, but the people I have been to see dont seem to think its a problem.

I guess I'm wondering, does anyone here know anyone with a similar problem to mine?

I've heard the clicking is caused by gases and that stretching is good - how do i stretch a big toe?


Thanks in advance.

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  • Click as in a faint popping noise? If so the clicking is caused by the excess calcium that builds up around joints, common examples are fingers popping, neck popping, back popping etc. Simple enough "pop" the big toe, by grabbing the larger end, the tip, and pulling until you hear it pop. Doing so will release some of the Calcium build up and won't cause much trouble.Note:- A common myth is that popping your knuckles, back, fingers, etc, will produce arthritis, however, there is no proof as it doing so. Try not to pop it too often and you shouldn't have a problem if the myth is true. :)- Also the clicking or what I assume to be a popping noise won't stop, but its nothing to worry about.
    Tiedye 31 Replies Flag this Response
  • Faint popping noise, that sounds right. Thanks I'll try pulling it - one worry with that though: Won't that damage my muscles/tendons? Apart from that little worry, your advice is great, thanks.
    fabric 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Both my big toes click, but at the moment it is more pronounced on my right big toe. The clicking is awful, like there is a problem, but the people I have been to see dont seem to think its a problem. I guess I'm wondering, does anyone here know anyone with a similar problem to mine? I've heard the clicking is caused by gases and that stretching is good - how do i stretch a big toe? Thanks in advance. No pain? Just popping, involuntary clicking?
    deedee35 38 Replies Flag this Response
  • No pain? Just popping, involuntary clicking? That's right. When i say no pain people usually think "what's the problem then", but the problem is that something seems wrong. However after Tiedye's post i'm a bit reassured. Why, do you get the same thing deedee35?
    fabric 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • That's right. When i say no pain people usually think "what's the problem then", but the problem is that something seems wrong. However after Tiedye's post i'm a bit reassured. Why, do you get the same thing deedee35? I don't get that in the toe joints per say but I do in other parts of the body- No, I didn't think because there was no pain that there is no problem. It is just that the first thing I think with bit toes is Gout but if you don't have pain than I would think not. Next time you go to the Doctor just casually bring it up. That is what they are there for. I do agree with Tiedye though. It is definately an old wives tale that you get arthritis from it. Maybe you have a good amount of hypermobility... are you very flexible?
    deedee35 38 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've been to a doctor and a special foot doctor only a few weeks ago, who both say there's nothing that can be done about the clicking, as its "natural". If its natural, then why did I only start getting these problems a few years ago? I slightly damaged both by falling on them hard and having them pulled by a specialist (supposedly to massage them, i dont think it helped though)
    fabric 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've been to a doctor and a special foot doctor only a few weeks ago, who both say there's nothing that can be done about the clicking, as its "natural". If its natural, then why did I only start getting these problems a few years ago? I slightly damaged both by falling on them hard and having them pulled by a specialist (supposedly to massage them, i dont think it helped though)If I can do anything to add more reassurance I'll see if I can talk to my friend who has been a Nurse for over 20 years, and I can ask my other friend who is a Pharmacist. I'll talk to them when I see them again okay? :)
    Tiedye 31 Replies Flag this Response
  • Both my big toes click, mostly my left toe..It drives my boyfriend mad and he tells me to get it sorted.. Although I want to get it sorted with, I have no idea how.It's starting to really frustrate me as well. I share your pain.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Gout can also cause widespread clicking - Crepitus - throughout the body. The most common form is Soft Tissue Rheumatic Syndrome where the clicking is in fact ligaments uneven on joints due to uric acid or calcium deposits. In the knee, it's usually referred to as psuedogout.
    NeverGiveUpBoy 26 Replies Flag this Response
  • Gout normally has accompanying pain, which you don't mention. The popping has nothing to do with calcium levels, it is commonly caused by movement of the synovial fluid surrounding joints such as in your big toe (hallux).Escaping gases: Scientists explain that synovial fluid present in your joints acts as a lubricant. The fluid contains the gases oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. When you pop or crack a joint, you stretch the joint capsule. Gas is rapidly released, which forms bubbles. In order to crack the same knuckle again, you have to wait until the gases return to the synovial fluid.Movement of joints, tendons and ligaments: When a joint moves, the tendon’s position changes and moves slightly out of place. You may hear a snapping sound as the tendon returns to its original position. In addition, your ligaments may tighten as you move your joints. This commonly occurs in your knee or ankle, and can make a cracking sound.Rough surfaces: Arthritic joints make sounds caused by the loss of smooth cartilage and the roughness of the joint surface.It is normal for some joint to pop. Over time, the joint capsule gets stretched-- this can be due to aging or to injury, though it can happen to anyone. To stretch the big toe (warning, may cause the popping) you can pull up on it, press it into the floor to strengthen, and pull it out from the joint (here is what usually makes mine pop) or pull it from side to side (no twisting). I don't believe any kind of stretching will make this go away-- I don't know of anything that will make it go away. It is normal, however.
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
  • I thought I was the only one with a toe popping problem! My right big toe pops all the freaking time. No pain it is just weird lol. It does it when I walk barefoot on hardwood or tile. Every step I take my toe will pop. It drives me insane. I can also bend it and it will pop with every bend.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 12, 2010
    • 07:12 AM
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  • finally!! I have exactly the same problem I can click both my big toes and when ever I move them they click I thought it was so bad for me it's so weird and I can click my ankle bone both of them and it doesn't hurt i just have weird feet but adleast I'm not the only one! :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 13, 2010
    • 00:27 PM
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  • My right big toe has been popping for the last 6 or 7 years. I just move it up and down and it pops every time. It drives my wife crazy. But here in the last month or so it pops with just me walking around and not even trying. Also the popping is accompanied by extreme pain in the joint. I know I need to go see a doctor but I just haven't gotten around to it. Do any of you know what I am getting in my toe to cause so much pain?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 2, 2010
    • 01:17 AM
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  • yes i have the same thing same toe sometimes i can't help clicking my right big toe as it feal's better after 4 a bit i have had it since i moved house about 7 years now no 1 can help it's getting to the point where im just gonna get a doc to get my toe removedit click's and moves to the left lol its sick i got it running up a hill i twisted my foot and my toe crack't its never been right since
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 24, 2010
    • 11:37 PM
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  • I have the same problem with my toes too, but mostly my left one. I jumped off my couch and accidentally crammed my toes into the ground. Since then they've clicked. I'm only 13 so I don't think it has anything to do with age so much as the toe tried to repair itself but didn't do such an amazing job. But I totally agree, I wish the annoying clicking would stop...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Click as in a faint popping noise? If so the clicking is caused by the excess calcium that builds up around joints, common examples are fingers popping, neck popping, back popping etc. Simple enough "pop" the big toe, by grabbing the larger end, the tip, and pulling until you hear it pop. Doing so will release some of the Calcium build up and won't cause much trouble.Note:- A common myth is that popping your knuckles, back, fingers, etc, will produce arthritis, however, there is no proof as it doing so. Try not to pop it too often and you shouldn't have a problem if the myth is true. :)- Also the clicking or what I assume to be a popping noise won't stop, but its nothing to worry about.____________________________________________________________________________but my toe wont pull all the way, im just a kid and i pulled it as hard as i could but nothing so i got my mom to help and she pulled my toe as hard as she could but it never popped its so annoying its been like that for a couple years please help :(
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Looks like this is an old thread but I'll share my information here in case someone comes here from a search engine.

    I had the same thing for 10+ years. Didn't bother me that much but was still annoying so tried a few things over time.

    The solution came from the most unexpected place - I bought a spiky ball (search for it online) and rolled my foot on it a few times per day. It hurt at the beginning but in one week clicking was almost completely gone.

    It turns out I had trigger points in my foot (who knew!). Hope this helps you, good luck in treating yours.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • February 1, 2016
    • 04:58 AM
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  • It happens to me too. My right big toe clicks every time I bend it but I can't buy a spiky ball,what should I do?
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • December 1, 2016
    • 07:20 PM
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