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Symptoms of Crossover Toe

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With crossover toe, the second toe drifts toward the big toe and eventually crosses over and lies on top of the big toe. It is sometimes confused with hammertoe, possibly because both conditions involve a toe that is out of its normal position, but crossover toe is much more complex and completely different.

Crossover toe is a common condition that can occur at any age, but it occurs most often in adults. It is a progressive disorder and at the early stage, which is the best time to treat the disorder, you can have pain but no crossover of the toe.

If the condition is not treated, it can lead dislocation of the joint, so it is best to see a podiatrist and have your foot evaluated soon after the pain is felt.

Symptoms of crossover toe include:

  • Pain, especially pain on the ball of the foot. It may feel like a there is a rock or marble in the shoe or like your sock is bunched up.
  • Swelling in the area of pain, including the base of the toe.
  • Difficulty wearing shoes.

Crossover toe is sometimes misdiagnosed because the pain that is experienced in the early stages of crossover toe mimics a condition called Morton’s neuroma. It is important to get an accurate diagnosis because treatment for the two disorders is very different.

If crossover toe is caught in the early stages before the toe drifts toward the big toe, it can be treated with non-surgical methods. However, once the second toe starts moving toward the big toe, it will not go back to its normal position unless surgery is performed.

If you believe you are suffering from crossover toe and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.

Category: Common Toe Problems

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