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Are Pain Reliever Pills the Only Alternative to Toe Pain?



I have a very sharp shooting pain on top of my left big toe at the base, that comes and goes. On a scale 1-10 it`s an 7 or 8. I have seen two doctors through the V.A. this past year, and they can find nothing wrong. I can not aford a civilan doctor. What else can I do besides taking tons of pain pills?


If the pain comes and goes it would be helpful to monitor if anything makes it worse or better and adjust your life style to avoid the pain. For example a certain pair of shoes, walking more than normal, your foot position when sleeping. Because it is shooting it could be from a nerve irritation and these things can cause intermittent pain in the area you describe. I certainly would not recommend 'tons of pain pills' as this will not remove what ever is causing the problem.

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Jeffrey M Robbins, DPM Jeffrey M Robbins, DPM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University