Is trigger toe the same as trigger finger?

My PA that I saw for a very painful bump at the base of my toe thinks its trigger toe but wasn't sure and didnt know what to do about it.

I work 12 hour shifts in a cardiac cath lab and its become extremely painful.

Do you think it could be trigger toe and what should I do about it?


Joshua Answers:

Wow. I'm impressed that your doctor admitted that s/he didn't know what to do about it.

That is the mark of a good doctor/practitioner/professional.

In answer to your question, yes, trigger toe is exactly the same thing as trigger finger. Except that it's on your foot, obviously. There is slight difference since the foot is load bearing and hands aren't but the dynamic is essentially the same.

The short answer to your questions is:

Ice Dip the feet as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page.

Self massage the foot and lower leg. Don't worry about technique, just get in there daily.

With an ice cube or equivalent, get in there and dig at the painful spots. INflammation is causing tendon sheath to thicken and then harden. You need to chip away at it diligently, daily. Gently at first, don't hurt yourself.

It's had years of irritation and compensation. It will take some time to reverse the process.

First things first. Get the pain level down. Then even when there is not pain, keep working the hardening tissue. (You may or may not be at that point, but you're definitely in an irritation/pain dynamic.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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