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Very Sore Toe Tips and Toe Tops

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 14, 2007
  • 00:38 AM

Several of my toes are extremely sensitive and I feel an intense pain when they are touched. The pain occurs on some toes on the tip of the toe, a little bit below the nail, and on other toes, the pain occurs at the top of the toe. There is some redness where there is sensitivity and the skin may be slightly hard, but not especially so.

I have also noticed that my feet are much more sensitive to cold temperatures outside than they used to be. I have a hunch that the cold sensitivity and the soreness are related, but I am not sure.

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  • same with me. it happens to me during the winter and goes away in the sumer. maybe its the lack of humidity? it happens on my two longest toes on each foot, and bumping into anything is extremely painful. if i do see the doc about it, i'll post again here.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 22, 2009
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  • The 5 best treatments in this world are spiritual cure, herbal therapy, natural health therapy, acupuncture and thermogenesis. They are safe, effective, leisureable and pleasurable. Several of my toes are extremely sensitive and I feel an intense pain when they are touched. The pain occurs on some toes on the tip of the toe, a little bit below the nail, and on other toes, the pain occurs at the top of the toe. There is some redness where there is sensitivity and the skin may be slightly hard, but not especially so. I have also noticed that my feet are much more sensitive to cold temperatures outside than they used to be. I have a hunch that the cold sensitivity and the soreness are related, but I am not sure.
    Heal Chronic Illness 18 Replies
    • November 26, 2009
    • 06:37 PM
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  • The 5 best treatments in this world are spiritual cure, herbal therapy, natural health therapy, acupuncture and thermogenesis. They are safe, effective, leisureable and pleasurable.I have that same problem. I wish I had answers for you but I dont. I think I'll have to go to the Docs again soon and if they tell me anything worth passi g on I'll be sure to let you know. Good luckMichelle
    michelle71smile 1 Replies
    • November 30, 2009
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  • I have a problem w/ my toes especially during Winters. I have what is called a Cold Sore on my toes, very similar to a cold sore on your mouth. It is not contagious or anything. The only thing that works is using Epsom Salt. Soak your feet in warm water w/ a handful of Epsom Salt, not too hot...but a bit more warmer than usual. This should help to dry it out and wear socks to keep your toes warm at all times. Keep using the Epsom Salt until you have no more pain on your toes. I find it wearing socks as much as I can prevents a lot of this. I had this checked out when I was pre teen and I will have this for the rest of my life and it only occurs the colder months. Some years I don't it at all and some years it comes and it can be quite painful. You can see little red spots w/ whiteness around it. Hope this helps you out!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 26, 2009
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  • I have that same problem. I wish I had answers for you but I dont. I think I'll have to go to the Docs again soon and if they tell me anything worth passi g on I'll be sure to let you know. Good luckMichelleSmart wool (brand name) socks work great! Keep your feet warm and dry.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 8, 2010
    • 04:17 AM
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  • I have the same thing and have been trawling the internet trying to figure out what it is. The very tip of my longest toe has been hurting for 2 months now. Wearing tights and socks seems to constrict it and aggravate it more. The cold seems to aggravate it more. It is sore to the touch and incredibly painful when I walk (but only in certain shoes). It doesn't look like there is anything wrong with it as it's not red or raised etc. If I were to describe it - it's almost like a thin blister is underneath the skin, it is slightly translucent. Has anyone got any suggestions of how to get rid of it? I may try that Epsom Salt.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 10, 2010
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  • Several of my toes are extremely sensitive and I feel an intense pain when they are touched. The pain occurs on some toes on the tip of the toe, a little bit below the nail, and on other toes, the pain occurs at the top of the toe. There is some redness where there is sensitivity and the skin may be slightly hard, but not especially so. I have also noticed that my feet are much more sensitive to cold temperatures outside than they used to be. I have a hunch that the cold sensitivity and the soreness are related, but I am not sure.Have you ever thought that maybe you have ingrown toe nails???
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 10, 2010
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  • I have a similar problem, but my toes also sometimes turn purplish. My doctor told me the coloring is a condition called Raynaud's (prounounced like ray-nose) syndrome or phenomenon. It is a constriction of the blood vessels in the extremities, brought on especially by cold. Tingling and/or numbness can be a symptom of this. The lack of oxygen can cause pain. The toes can also become ulcerated, which someone did mention they had a cold sore thing on one of them. That can be dangerous from what medicinenet.com has said, gangrene can occur. Managment involves, of course, protecting the affected digits from the cold and trauma, as we know! In persistant cases, medications that dialate blood vessels could be prescribed. My doctor did this, but the medication made my feet swell some, get hot, and turn red...I told people I had lobster feet with sausage toes! It also made my heart rate go up, which perhaps was the whole idea, but I would also get a headache. Taking it was getting uncomfortable, but right now my toes are really bothering me, so I may be taking it again. :( My doctor also told me to wear shoes with wide toe boxes and not wear cotton socks. This is to keep the toes from being constricted (with shoes or tights) and dry as cotton holds moisture). Simple initial care involves keeping the body warm, especially the extremities. Going barefoot should be minimized right now. Be careful when clipping nails, as you don't want to have wounds on them because they won't heal quickly with lack of oxygen and could become infected. Direct and indirect smoking should be avoided. Medicines that 'thin' the blood, like low dose aspirin, can be helpful.I'd recommend doing your own search on Raynaud's online to learn more. Hope it helps you all!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 11, 2010
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  • Extreme sensitivity to cold in fingers and toes usually points towards raynodes phenomenon.I was found to have this problem myself and it finally explained to me why throughout my life I have had extreme pain in my fingers and toes after being in the cold when no one else around me did.Raynodes causes spasms of the blood vessels in the fingers and toes in an over-reaction to the cold, limiting blood flow in those areas. This, in turn, causes pain and discoloration.It can also be triggered by stress.Anyway, I am posting this here because I have had the same problem with my toes lately and I tend to think that it has something to do with raynodes as well.the tips of my toes are sore to the touch almost as if they were all bruised. They are slightly red as well.Of course, as usual my feet are very cold to the touch, but now probably even more than usual because it has been very cold in this area. Try going out of your way to keep your feet warm and see if it helps. I am trying the same.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 11, 2010
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  • I finally took the time to find an answer on the internet for something that has been plaguing me since my teen years. With all of your posts, I think I am closer to figuring out how to treat this. My fourth toe on my right foot becomes the most painful little spot during the cold months. If someone in my family accidentally steps on this toe OMG!!!! Even if my little dog only seven pounds steps on it I see stars. As soon as it starts getting cooler my one toe builds up hard flakey skin at the top of the toe on the right side only. After a period of a few weeks, I can peel back the skin and little piece of dry skin falls off. Right before the skin dries up, it gets very itchy. After I peel off the dead skin, the process starts all over again. I am going to look up Reynaud’s and see what I can find. Thank you everyone for sharing!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 23, 2010
    • 02:30 PM
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  • I have a similar problem, but my toes also sometimes turn purplish. My doctor told me the coloring is a condition called Raynaud's (prounounced like ray-nose) syndrome or phenomenon. It is a constriction of the blood vessels in the extremities, brought on especially by cold. Tingling and/or numbness can be a symptom of this. The lack of oxygen can cause pain. The toes can also become ulcerated, which someone did mention they had a cold sore thing on one of them. That can be dangerous from what medicinenet.com has said, gangrene can occur. Managment involves, of course, protecting the affected digits from the cold and trauma, as we know! In persistant cases, medications that dialate blood vessels could be prescribed. My doctor did this, but the medication made my feet swell some, get hot, and turn red...I told people I had lobster feet with sausage toes! It also made my heart rate go up, which perhaps was the whole idea, but I would also get a headache. Taking it was getting uncomfortable, but right now my toes are really bothering me, so I may be taking it again. :( My doctor also told me to wear shoes with wide toe boxes and not wear cotton socks. This is to keep the toes from being constricted (with shoes or tights) and dry as cotton holds moisture). Simple initial care involves keeping the body warm, especially the extremities. Going barefoot should be minimized right now. Be careful when clipping nails, as you don't want to have wounds on them because they won't heal quickly with lack of oxygen and could become infected. Direct and indirect smoking should be avoided. Medicines that 'thin' the blood, like low dose aspirin, can be helpful.I'd recommend doing your own search on Raynaud's online to learn more. Hope it helps you all!this sounds just like my problem thank you... why didnt the doc go down this path.....
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  • i have had nearly the same problem, the soreness is on my 2 longest toes and some of the toes on my right foot, but it is soar on the joint part of the toe, it is also a bit reddish there, i haven't noticed any reaction to cold though...
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  • The 5 best treatments in this world are spiritual cure, herbal therapy, natural health therapy, acupuncture and thermogenesis. They are safe, effective, leisureable and pleasurable.And not one of them saved my mother's life...
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  • Several of my toes are extremely sensitive and I feel an intense pain when they are touched. The pain occurs on some toes on the tip of the toe, a little bit below the nail, and on other toes, the pain occurs at the top of the toe. There is some redness where there is sensitivity and the skin may be slightly hard, but not especially so. I have also noticed that my feet are much more sensitive to cold temperatures outside than they used to be. I have a hunch that the cold sensitivity and the soreness are related, but I am not sure.Same problem, also diagnosed with Renauld's. And in Minnesota, so...frostbite! The symptoms almost everyone here has described are consistent with recent (maybe not so recent, I can't find data on that) frostbite. No cure. I just try to keep my feet warm (good luck at -20!), wrap the toe tip that is painful to touch, and wait for spring.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 5, 2011
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  • I too have Raynaud's Phenomenon and one thing I've noticed through the years is that it isn't just the cold but particularly the combination of cold and dampness that triggers an episode. Which is why I get the most episodes in November (usually one of the wettest months in the Mid-Atlantic region); and they actually taper off somewhat as the winter sets in. This year, though it hasn't been as bad as some years, I've developed a very red sore at the tip of one big toe. I visited a Podiatrist (I follow-up next week), who suggested that I may have actually gotten some frostbite sometime this winter. Though most of the tip of the toe is red, there is a part that's somewhat purple - this is what concerns the Podiatrist. He said if it hasn't improved by the follow-up visit, I should see a vascular specialist. He used a term for the purple area - I think it was something like "micro-vascular edema". Anyway, I will try and follow up this post after my appointment next Wed, 2/23/11.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 19, 2011
    • 08:19 PM
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  • I too have this. It reminds me of complaints I heard by sick people, that the sheets are rubbing their toes and it is painful. But I have this same feeling and I don't have sheets rubbing them. Hence I think it is a precursor and symptom of diabetes (the people who were sick in bed had diabetes) or some other brewing illness. I think it is letting us know that there is a problem. Drink more water, eat less sugar (which includes stopping the red wine) and see if it stops. I just turned 58 in decent health (meaning I dont look 58) probably consume too much refined carbo (even if the crackers I eat are organic). I've had this for the last 5/6 months. I thought it was not enough air in the shoes but I get it even barefoot.Remember, we are not getting younger and our bodies can't take what it used to be able to.Sometimes people let these dis-eases brew for years, taking some pill to mask it.Maybe its time to start eating the two grated apples in the morning and night time that my now 94 year old friend has been doing ever since I met him when I was 25. They have to be grated, it brings out the pectin. The even taste amazing after grating.Maybe that one coffee a day is too much (my friend does not drink coffee).I will tune back in here from time to time to see what else is written.
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  • Does anyone have slow growing or non-growing big toenail?? I have raynaunds and my hands are affected mostly. But my toes dothat get sore too. my left big toenail hasn't grown in a few years. It also hurts on the tip when barely hit, or if wearing tights. The nail use to be yellow and rigid bumps but I started taking iron and now just the right corner (right by where the tip hurts) is scratchy looking, thicker white. The skin at the tip of the toe is more red the the right foot big toe. I've been to the doc when I thought it was fungus but test said no. He said I likely just damaged the nail through injury. The base of the nail looks different the the top half. And the top pf the nail seems to be blocked by the skin growing around it.
    teachder 1 Replies
    • January 3, 2012
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  • For past 2 years have had a couple of these on 2 toes. VERY painful but right under the skin. almost looks like a blister. Have researched and found it's called Chilblains.
    wendy4sonny 1 Replies
    • November 26, 2013
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  • I suffered with this for years -- it sounds exactly the same -- and it proved to be chilblains. I kept my home very cold because I could not afford to heat it and in addition had rather poor circulation in my extremities (from a then-undiagnosed thyroid condition). The solution? Keep your UPPER BODY warmer. Your body protects your major organs by shutting down circulation to the extremities. Add layers to your upper body, which will allow better circulation in your feet, and voila!
    eowynmom
    • January 7, 2014
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  • I know this is an old post but hopefully can help new people with this problem. Look up chilblains, it is a condition where toes become red sore and itchy in the winter along with finger tips!
    Mammad
    • January 7, 2014
    • 06:16 PM
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