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Wow. I just this afternoon was diagnosed with early crossover toe. I had never heard of it before, but after searching the web my symptoms indeed fit the descriptions. Mine is not noticably crossing at this point. I am at an early stage where I at times have extreme pain in the ball of my left foot and it feels as though the ball of my foot at the base of my second toe is trying to come through the bottom of my foot. This all began a little over a year ago, right after I had my knee replaced. Calf raises were part of the rehab exercises, and that really aggrevated my foot. I just assumed I had arthritis that I would just have to live with, but after a recent visit with my family doctor I was sent to a podiatrist. My prescribed treatment is 6 days of oral steroids to eliminate any possible swelling; a flat pad under my foot that has a strap of elastic that loops around the errant toe to keep it extended during waking hours; and a foam spacer to wear between my big and second toes 24/7 to keep the toe aligned. As I understand, this is all to give the support ligaments/tendons time to calm down and heal. If this is successful it will take 4-6 weeks. I am hopeful. Just wearing the gizmos since mid-afternoon has given me significant pain relief.

August 11, 2009 - 7:25pm


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