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    • #71801
      AvatarNick Dinan
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      I’ve been having some pain on the top of my big toe.  Not constant.  It happens in certain positions like if I kneel with the top of my foot on the ground.  I also experience the same pain on the top of my big toe when something (like my shoe or my finger) touches the top of my foot where it become my ankle right in the middle (it doesn’t hurt to touch the toe at all).  It’s very specific and only occurs in these circumstances, otherwise it feels normal.  From what I’ve been able to find, it sounds like it’s an anterior tib/extensor issue, and it may have come from having my shoe tied to tight on my last trail run.  The only treatment I find is rest and ice.  Does anyone have any other more proactive advice?  Thank you so much.

    • #76979
      AvatarPatrick Thomas
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      Could be irritated from having he lace tied too tight.
      Work up and down stream
      Take a look at plantar flexion
      Episode 69: Triple Extension Problems + Clown Ball Champion

      You could have compressed a nerve which fires up with plantar flexion.
      Have you seen someone about this?

    • #76980
      AvatarNick Dinan
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      Have not seen anyone yet.  Up and down stream definitely helps.  Immediately feel the tension in my toe when setting up in couch stretch.  Voodoo across the ankle seems to help some.  A friend suggested swimming loosen the area.

    • #76981
      AvatarPatrick Thomas
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      Working up/down stream will feed slack to the ankle.
      Plantar flexion is a limiting factor.
      Wrap your ankle in voodoo floss like how an ankle is taped and add movement point flex your toes, circles each direction.

    • #76991
      AvatarNick Dinan
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      Update:  Swimming didn’t seem to do much.  Only felt anything when kicking like sprint swimming.  

      I spent 3 days barefoot, because what causes discomfort most consistently is putting on socks and shoes.  Went back to work (and shoes) today, same pain putting on socks and shoes.  

      I’ve been working on voodoo floss circles.  That still seems to help.  
      I’ve been getting some increased cracking in the knuckle on the big toe where the pain is located.  That really feels like a release every time, but may just be psychological.
      I’m probably going to see a chiro to see if the pain is nerve related.  But my GP refuses to refer to chiros, so I’ll be biting the bullet for the cost of the visit. Oh well.
    • #76993
      AvatarTom Matchinsky
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      Did you consider it could be something like gout?

      Travis
      MWOD Staff

    • #77009
      AvatarNick Dinan
      Participant

      Travis,

      I did consider gout.  However, there is no redness, swelling, heat, or tenderness at the toe.  The pain is specifically related to the position of the toe and ankle or to pressure in a very specific spot on the top of the foot toward the ankle.  That was the disturbing part to me.  How something touching the top of my foot several inches away from my toe could make my toe hurt.
      Over the past two weeks the discomfort has been lessening.  I’m pretty sure I cranked my laces down on a tendon or nerve and bothered it good.  Thanks for the help.
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