Sharp Pain under Toenail

Posted by jeanniem @jeanniem, Oct 11, 2021

Hello, neuropathy veterans! I wonder if any of you can help me out. I am getting horrible sharp pains in my big toe. It feels like it is shooting right through the bottom of my toenail. It used to happen only occasionally but is increasing – often happening multiple times a day. It is a quick shot. I don't know that it lasts for more than a second but it is so painful it takes my breath away and sometimes brings tears to my eyes. I am a counselor so you can imagine my frustration when it happens while I am trying to keep on my "counselor face".

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I recommend seeing a Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon. I had major pain in big toe due to calcification of joint. Surgery helped tremendously.

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Thanks for the feedback. Did it come in the form of sharp momentary pain? I do have an appointment with my podiatrist at the end of the month.

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The pain varies from a dull constant ache to pulsed spasms. Apparently a stubbed big toe from over 30 years ago so deforme the toe that it changed the orientation of the other toes .

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I was having pain in my big toe just under the toe nail and it turned out to be caused by a fungus.

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I know this is an old thread but I'm experiencing the exact same symptom. Did you ever figure out the cause of the pain?

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@cdc43

I know this is an old thread but I'm experiencing the exact same symptom. Did you ever figure out the cause of the pain?

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Hi @cdc43, Welcome to Connect. This discussion hasn't been active lately but several members in the discussion may have missed your post. I'm tagging them here to see if they can share any more information with you.

@kenc mentioned the pain under the big toe nail turned out to be caused by a fungus in the post above yours.
@jeanniem had an appointment setup with a podiatrist and may be able to share the cause of the pain.
@miker8888 recommend seeing a Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon. I had major pain in big toe due to calcification of joint. Surgery helped tremendously.

Have you seen a doctor or podiatrist?

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@cdc43

I know this is an old thread but I'm experiencing the exact same symptom. Did you ever figure out the cause of the pain?

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I never did find out what it was. I did end up having my toenail removed. Apparently I had walked too much?? I have super high arches (apparently common in genetic neuropathies) and some muscle atrophy in under the toes and in my ankle. This likely contributes to my gate being a bit off. This last year, I saw a new neurologist who put me on a low dose of Baclofen. She felt like some of the twitching I have might be connected to central nervous system involvement.

All that to say, my toe no longer experiences the sharp pains like I did a year ago. Is it due to the toenail removal? the Baclofen? or a coincidence? I honestly don't know. I am sorry to not be more help. Keep advocating for yourself. In the world of western medicine, symptoms that don't lead to immediate debilitating or life threatening illness are often dismissed. I always try to find a doctor who is curious by nature. I find it helps. 🙂

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@johnbishop

Hi @cdc43, Welcome to Connect. This discussion hasn't been active lately but several members in the discussion may have missed your post. I'm tagging them here to see if they can share any more information with you.

@kenc mentioned the pain under the big toe nail turned out to be caused by a fungus in the post above yours.
@jeanniem had an appointment setup with a podiatrist and may be able to share the cause of the pain.
@miker8888 recommend seeing a Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon. I had major pain in big toe due to calcification of joint. Surgery helped tremendously.

Have you seen a doctor or podiatrist?

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Thanks.

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@johnbishop

Hi @cdc43, Welcome to Connect. This discussion hasn't been active lately but several members in the discussion may have missed your post. I'm tagging them here to see if they can share any more information with you.

@kenc mentioned the pain under the big toe nail turned out to be caused by a fungus in the post above yours.
@jeanniem had an appointment setup with a podiatrist and may be able to share the cause of the pain.
@miker8888 recommend seeing a Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon. I had major pain in big toe due to calcification of joint. Surgery helped tremendously.

Have you seen a doctor or podiatrist?

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I had this for months, then all my toenails on that foot started separating. My Consultant requested an appointment with Podiatry. I'm being seen next week, 11.5 months later. I think I am finally curing it myself now but I shall still attend. I wonder if they know anything about neuropathy?

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Thank you both so much for replying back. Sounds like I'll have to do some digging still but you've given me some great info to get me started.

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