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A single toe is swollen. What's happening?

Nov 29, 2017 6:06 PM

I have an undiagnosed chronic pain condition that I've been living with since I was 10 (I'm now 19). For the past 7 days one of my toes has been very swollen, painful and reddish. This has never happened before. Has anyone else experienced something similar?

Nov 29, 2017 11:48 PM

PLEASE! Get this checked. Longer you wait the worse things can get. This can seem okay now, then 10+ years later, you are asking yourself WHAT HAPPENED! Will be here for you when you find out, I was young when I was diagnosed with RSD/CPRS. Good Luck!

Nov 30, 2017 4:24 AM

A single big toe is usually a sign of gout. But I have had that to. Sometimes I put on my EMS on my feet to counter act it.

Dec 06, 2017 2:16 AM

AmbrielleLyn: What has happened with your toe? Worried????😯

Dec 06, 2017 9:56 AM

I finally went to the doctor. It's not related to my chronic pain, apparently I have athlete's foot.

Dec 08, 2017 2:50 AM

Thanks for replying. Was wondering what happened, glad to hear it isn't something worse. Is your toe getting better?

Dec 08, 2017 10:06 AM

Not yet, I've only been on the anti-fungal cream for a day.

Dec 23, 2017 10:52 PM

Small update: I've now been using the cream for over 2 weeks and it's done nothing. My toe has actually got worse. It's now bright red, swollen, extremely itchy and I've been able to drain 2 tbsp of clear fluid from it. I still have no idea what's wrong, but will be booking another doctors appointment in January.

Dec 24, 2017 10:59 AM

Extreme athlete's foot can take about two weeks to clear up if you use the cream a couple of times a day. Although it's normally between the toes and goes up from there.

Mar 01, 2018 12:49 PM


It has now been 4 months since the first swelling started. About a month ago the swelling spread into the fourth toe, and both toes have turned purple. I had a follow-up appointment with the family doctor today, and now they're becoming very concerned. I'm now having bloodwork to check sodium, magnesium, ANA (antinuclear antibodies), RA factor, and for the JAK-2 genetic mutation. In addition, I'm being referred to a haematologist and a different rheumatologist than I saw last year. I'm scared of what the blood tests may reveal, but at the same time, I'm hopeful that I will finally get answers as to what's causing the problem with my toes and chronic pain.

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