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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Pain Between the 2nd and 3rd Toe

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced pain between the 2nd and 3rd toe. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Morton Neuroma

    Morton neuroma is nerve damage between the 2nd and 3rd toes, often found in women who run or wear tight high heels.

    Almost all patients do well with conservative (non-surgical) treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    foot numbness, pain in the sole of the foot, pain when touching the foot, pain in both feet, foot injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Friction Blister on the Foot

    Friction blisters are very common among both men and women of all ages. They most commonly affect the feet due to lifting heavy loads, repetitive overuse, or ill-fitting shoes. The layers of skin become separated from mechanical force, and the body fills the gap with fluid.

    Friction blisters should begin to heal within 1-2 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    foot pain, foot blister, blister likely from friction, constant skin changes, foot skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with friction blister on the foot:
    foot blister, blister likely from friction
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)

    Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection of the feet and/or toes. Warm, moist environments and community showering are common causes of this type of infection.

    With treatment, athlete's foot should go away in about 2 weeks. However, it often comes back, especially if the same shower or bathroom are used.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    foot redness, foot/toe itch, foot skin changes, spontaneous foot pain, peeling between the toes
    Symptoms that always occur with athlete's foot (tinea pedis):
    foot redness
    Symptoms that never occur with athlete's foot (tinea pedis):
    toe injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Foreign Body in Foot

    A foreign body in foot occurs when something like a splinter, nail, or glass becomes lodged in the skin.

    With medical treatment, the condition should resolve within 2 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    foot pain, foot stepping on an object
    Symptoms that always occur with foreign body in foot:
    foot pain, foot stepping on an object
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

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  5. 5.Stress Fracture of the Foot (Marching Fracture)

    A "March" stress fracture of the foot is named because it's sometimes linked to soldiers marching for a long time. This foot fracture happens because of prolonged stress or weight-bearing.

    6-12 weeks with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant foot pain, foot pain from overuse, pain in one foot, pain when touching the foot, pain in the top of the foot
    Symptoms that always occur with stress fracture of the foot (marching fracture):
    foot pain from overuse, constant foot pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Foot Sprain

    The bones of the ankle and foot are held together by ligaments, which are bands of tough tissue. A sprain is a type of injury where one or more of the ligaments is stretched too far, causing tiny fibers in the ligaments to tear. In most cases, the ligament does not tear completely.

    An uncomplicated foot sprain should improve in 3-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, foot injury, limping, warm red foot swelling, swelling of one foot
    Symptoms that always occur with foot sprain:
    pain in one foot, foot injury
    Symptoms that never occur with foot sprain:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  7. 7.Nail Infection (Paronychia)

    Paronychia is an infection of the nail folds, typically caused by Staph. Aureus. Or a fungus.

    Great prognosis. Recovery in the next two weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous finger pain, fingernail pain, fingernail swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  8. 8.Chronic Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy

    Nerve damage in the limbs can be caused by diabetes, toxic substances, immune system issues and low vitamin levels. However, in about one of every four cases no cause can be found and then the condition is called 'idiopathic'. Symptoms of nerve damage can be (burning) pain sensations, numbness, tingling and weakness in hands, feet or lower legs.

    This is a chronic condition.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    distal numbness, muscle aches, joint stiffness, numbness on both sides of body, loss of muscle mass
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain Between the 2nd and 3rd Toe

  • Q.How would you explain the cause of your foot pain?
  • Q.Did you recently injure your foot?
  • Q.Have you ever been told you have flat feet?
  • Q.Have you noticed pain, swelling, temperature, or skin color changes on a part of your body that previously suffered a physical injury?

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Pain Between the 2nd and 3rd Toe Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain between the 2nd and 3rd toe have also experienced:

    • 9% Cracks in or Between the Toes
    • 8% Foot / Toe Itch
    • 6% Dry Skin
  • People who have experienced pain between the 2nd and 3rd toe had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain between the 2nd and 3rd toe were most often matched with:

    • 33% Morton Neuroma
    • 33% Friction Blister on the Foot
    • 33% Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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