Some people experience pain, cramping, or numbness in their toes at night. Prolonged time on the feet, dehydration, wearing ill-fitting shoes, and mineral deficiencies can trigger this type of pain. Overexertion can drain minerals from the body through sweat and cause cramps in the toes. Wearing shoes that do not fit well can restrict blood flow to the toes. People over age 50 and women who have entered menopause can lose calcium in their bones, which can cause toe cramping during the night. Other medical conditions, including arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, and gout, can result in the same symptoms. If you are experiencing persistent toe pain during the night, it is suggested that you seek counsel from a podiatrist who can evaluate what might be going on and provide appropriate treatment.
Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Douglas Mckay of New Jersey . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Causes Toe Pain?
Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.
Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Sports injury
- Wearing shoes that are too tight
- Corns and calluses
- Ingrown toenails
- Fractures (broken bones)
When to See a Podiatrist
- Severe pain
- Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
- Signs of infection
- Continued swelling
- Pain that prevents walking
In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Caldwell, and Galloway, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.