Does anyone have "Climber's TOE"


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Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 3, 2012 - 05:48pm PT
At least that's what I am calling it. I am pretty sure it's from climbing with maybe ski boots contributing to the problem.

It's a sharp pain and feels like a nerve is getting pinched. It's the big knuckle on the big toe. When i flex it or stand up on it there's pain. I might have a little bit of a bone spur there? Anyways, just wondering if anyone has ever had this and if anyone has ever had surgery on there toe?

The Podiatrist gave me like a year supply of Voltaren Gel. A anti-flammatory topical cream. Great, That's going to cure my problem. Eventually I am going to go see a M.D. that understands that i enjoy recreational activities and need a toe that doesn't hurt. And he shot me up with Cortizone. That helped for a week.

The cream is good for my elbow tendonities. So, that's cool.

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Sep 3, 2012 - 05:58pm PT
Every real climber that encounters that problem goes on an extended alpine trip first. Upon returning they use this awesome tool. Works on other toes too.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 3, 2012 - 05:59pm PT
Get some lidocaine patches and get checked for gout.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 3, 2012 - 06:09pm PT
Jay Bro, I was on the "Illegal Pete's, Margarita" Diet for a few months not to long ago. For a while i really did think i had gout. One of my uncle's (A very successful construction contractor from Fairfax, Va.) Had serious gout in his 60's. He drank a minimum, 6 pack a night. No longer alive.

That other remark (From Fear) was just plain stupid. But i am thinking putting this problem off for the winter since ski boots are no prob.

Sep 3, 2012 - 07:18pm PT
I get something similar in my right big toe from having walked too many miles in Guide Tennies (toe box shaped like climbing shoes). If I put traction on it, it goes away. Otherwise, the pain, like a pinched nerve, is harsh.

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Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Sep 3, 2012 - 07:20pm PT
locker has another kind of "toe".

Sonoma County
Sep 3, 2012 - 07:21pm PT
i got it. protruding knuckle at base of my big toe. not sure when i developed it.

don't think it was from climbing, maybe from stubbing my toe too many times. :)

i snowboard and use soft boots so i don't think that was the cause.

hurts when I wear my katanas for too long. but doesn't really impair my climbing since i don't climb hard, except in OW's and long slabs

been thinking of getting it looked at but don't want surgery.


Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Sep 3, 2012 - 07:23pm PT
I don't but my camel does. :)

from SoCal
Sep 3, 2012 - 07:33pm PT
It could be a number of things. I suggest a new podiatrist.

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Sep 3, 2012 - 07:35pm PT
isn't it supposed to go

if you do, would you please return it

i'm feeling wobbly

but, I'm wondering what happens when you ice it down?


Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Sep 3, 2012 - 09:01pm PT
probably too late for this to really help- but massage your feet every morning and before you go climbing. Seriously.
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Sneaking up behind you
Sep 3, 2012 - 09:38pm PT
^^^ +1.

Massage has helped me with several foot problems.

Now, I have something like what you describe, but not so much like a pinched nerve. More like tendinitis (sp?). Using the clutch seems to exacerbate it; I can feel it when I'm clutching. Treating it for tendinitis alleviates the pain for a while.

Trad climber
the f*#king peninsula.
Sep 3, 2012 - 10:11pm PT
google Morton's Neuroma. sounds like it. only a foot doc can tell you though.

Sep 3, 2012 - 11:17pm PT
Got the toe fungus under the big toenail. Was up chillin' on a ledge mid climb yesterday and a couple buddies pop up and take their shoes off too. Common thing it turns out.

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Sep 3, 2012 - 11:27pm PT
Gout can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. If you're borderline, small changes in diet will prevent further trouble. If you ignore it and get a full blown case, the daily meds aren't all that pleasant.

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Sep 3, 2012 - 11:37pm PT
My climbing partner has Gout and so we call him El GoutToe.

He was complaining about his toe today. Big baby.

Sep 3, 2012 - 11:53pm PT
I've had one of those on my right foot for forty years. It used to bother me a bit when I put a lot of weight on it, but I finally quit thinking about it and "manned up" . . . still there, but now it's the least of my problems!


Social climber
Sep 4, 2012 - 12:05am PT
Crimpergirl has had the surgery, and Justthemaid (my wife) has it bad. It's the bone spurs that hurt - I have the "Hammer-toe" on the right. That is the one on the first knuckle that just sticks out a lot, but doesn't necessarily cause any pain.

Boulder climber
Sep 4, 2012 - 01:41am PT
Does anyone have "Climber's TOE"

Mountain climber
Sep 4, 2012 - 02:20am PT
BWc, check this thread about Morton's Neuroma - hopefully you don't have it!

Since reading the above I've been a bit paranoid about overly tight shoes. I was amazed that so many climbers have had foot problems and operations. I always thought tight shoes and the resulting pain went along w/climbing, but no more.
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