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Big Toe Spasm

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  • Posted By: bamspeedy
  • November 24, 2006
  • 04:21 AM

Every once in a while the big toe on my right foot spasms to the right where it wants to go underneath the toe next to it or it kind of locks itself in place so that I can't bend the toe or move it much at all. It's like having a charlie horse, but in only my toe and not my leg. This only lasts for a few minutes and is mild-medium pain. This seems to happen mostly when my feet are propped up above chest height, but has happened other times when at home (never at work where I stand most of the day).

Sometimes I go weeks without it happening, while other times I get it several days in a row. Nothing else unusual is happening in my body at this time or any other time and none of my other toes have this problem. Taking no medication of any kind. I'm 31 and both my parents have diabetes, but I have not been diagnosed with it yet (I'm quite thin, while they are both overweight). Family history of strokes and heart attacks, but not at early ages. I have had broken bones in my feet (stress fractures), but that was once in high school (13 years ago or so) and the other time was about 4 or 5 years ago.

Any ideas what is causing this? Any suggestions on how to ease the pain/end the spasm once it starts?

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  • It has been a long time and no one has responded to you. I have the same problem. I thought it was heart related, but it's not. It happens to both of my feet followed by a slight numbness. It hurts a lot most of time. It happens when I stand up in the shower (right after waking up). I found out from a doctor that I need to do mild flexing exercises for my feet. My tendons spasm a great deal. This was caused by injury to both of my feet. My tendon get inflammed and criss cross with the blood vessels in my feet. Learned this from my doctor. This is not life-threatening just painful. If you also have the same problem in your arms then, you might have a problem with your heart. Hope this helps you. I know how you feel. It can be pretty scary.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 18, 2007
    • 00:36 AM
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  • Hi I have the same problem as well but its only on my pinky toe left foot when I bend it forward thats when it goes into spasum it like locks up into charlie horse and I wanna scearm and it just started doing this a couple months ago just all the sudden outa the blue. Actually it started when I be sleeping in the morning Id wake up and my whole leg is in a charlie hourse then i found out when i bend my toe it automatically goes into a charlie horse for a split min but you wanna scearm so bad you hold it in lol. Just wondering if you guys found any cures ttyl thanks if know anything feel free to send me a mail djcheyenne76@yahoo.com thanks btw I asked my dr about the sudden charlie horse her only reply was thats weird but not normal lol
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2007
    • 11:07 AM
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  • btw I asked my mom about it she said the same thing happened to her when she was pregnant she said it was cause she wasent getting enough calcium. so maybe more of that will help gonna try it my self lol
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2007
    • 11:12 AM
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  • I get this exact same thing I think. I find when I flex my big toe in a werid way(kind of down and outward), it kind of, gets stuck there for a few seconds-minutes unless i move it around a bit. It is also accompanied with a medium ammount of pain in my foot. I havent been to the doctor yet, but I'm planning on making an appoinitment.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 06:53 PM
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  • My chiropractor recommended Calcium Magnesium. Also, potassium (bananas) seem to help. Other things that help me are: good shoes, orthotics, getting my feet manipulated (adjusted) to keep my joints from locking up.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 07:02 AM
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  • It is Gout if it is in your big toe. I have had it several times. If you eat a lot of pickled stuff stop. It is when you get too much.........Ac(I forgot) but look it up.I had to go to the ER it hurt all night. They gave me indocin.Good Luckbj
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 08:00 AM
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  • OMG! SAME THING HAPPENS TO ME! My big toe goes behind and all I do is I have to pop it up again. I can go weeks without this happening but I can get it every week. I don't get a warning and I don't do anything really for it to happen. Sometimes if i've had it bent for a few seconds it stays there. I think nothing of it, but I guess it's a little more serious than I thought!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 18, 2009
    • 05:07 PM
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  • The same thing happens to me. I have no idea what causes it. I suspect it has to do with the sole of my shoes. I found that if I walk around while it is stuck, it returns to normal much quicker. I hope that helps.
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  • I get it It seems to be the inner neck of the big toe where the tension is but it also affects the second toe and if I massage it it can move across the foot to the baby toe via half way down the inner side of the foot It is def related to not having enuf magnesium which is nec to absorb calcium anyway And to stress Magnesium levels go down when you are stressed But I do not think it is the whole story I only get it on the right hand side Only since my friend who I used to swop foot massages with popped his clogs so food massage definitely helps........... If I fix it I will let you know..........................
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 18, 2010
    • 01:21 PM
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  • See the 8 possible causes of big toe spasms at http://symptoms.wrongdiagnosis.com/cosymptoms/big-toe-spasm.htmunder results
    gr8tful 175 Replies
    • November 4, 2010
    • 05:42 AM
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  • If you can conclude it has nothing to do with diabetes, or any other major disease/illness - try pumping daily vitamin B. Lack of vitamin B can cause the big to to randomly spasm forward(down) and get "stuck" for a good amount of seconds to a minute or so. If you ride it out, it may acutally be over a minute, if you're like me, you pull it back forcing through the moderate pain (mostly panic). I take a lot of Vitamin D and a low dose of C daily. But when I'm lacking in B or potassium, the toe spasm happens. Some people, without serious disease, may actually find relief and a simple fix due to low vitamin B in their body. My doctor recommended it and non blood related family members (Nurses) recommended it. I personally find it works. It also more prevelant if any organ inside is dehydrated.
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