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I have a sore middle swollen toe on my left foot. Why?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 16, 2014
  • 10:24 PM

I have a sore middle swollen toe on my left foot (mostly on the left side and the nail is fine with no ingrowns), no apparant injury, and no known illnesses. I am female and 44 years old. Chillbains sounded like a vague possibility, but I have no blisters. I also do not have gout. It just started for the first time a couple weeks ago (early Jan). I live in Northern CA so the weather isn't so cold, but we did have a cold front for awhile. The initial swelling with pain was unbearable and I had difficulty walking and sleeping for a few days. I went to my Podiatrist 2 days later when I got the appt, and the pain and swelling had subsided considerably. His only thought was that it was perhaps a small internal infection and if it got worse he would cut a thin strip of my nail away so the infection could be released more easily. It's been a week since that appt and although the toe remained a bit red and swollen, the pain was minimal. I again experienced 1 night where it was painful (although not as much as when it first started) and by morning it was better. I am going to try the L-arginine, a supplement that supports blood flow in toes. I have always been someone who gets cold easily and I tend to wear socks to bed year round - even in 80 degree weather. Any other suggestions/diagnosis? Thank you.

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