Inflamed Middle Toe

Hi:

I am a 47 year old athletic male. About a week ago after playing tennis, my middle toe (left foot) gradually became swollen and painfully sore. I have not been able to put significant pressure on it since and around its end and adjacent to the nail it appears yellowish white with an area of purple. It almost appears as if the skin has separated from the flesh below. I have looked into gout, but believe that to be unlikely. Could this be a reaction to excessive compression and/or friction from quick stops and starts?

Please provide your opinion.

Thank you!

Posted By Jim Bellomo on March 26, 2005 at 16:50:23:

Lined with soft fabric on both sides, this ~2mm thick SiliposŪ proprietary gel pad is an excellent cushion to help relieve the burning sensation and discomfort of the five metatarsal heads of the foot (the ball-of-foot) by protecting the ball of foot from repeated friction and abrasion with the shoes.

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