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Big Toe Sticking Up (Part One)

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Uploaded on Jun 18, 2010

I am an otherwise healthy 41 year old. For the past 4 1/2 years I have suffered from severe spasms (white hot pain) in my feet including my toe sticking up. This usually happens at night, but can happen if I put my feet up, or while swimming laps. The spasms can occur once every 2-3 days or 20 times a night. The pain can last from 15 seconds to 30 min-- at which point I am nearly passing out from the severity of the pain. The top of my foot by my toes has caved in a bit, the veins are more pronounced and my big toe is now permanenly bent. This transformation happened during a short period of time between March -June 2006

I had a nerve conduction test in my left leg, and an MRI of my L4 L5 vertabrae with no abnormalities found. In July 2008 I had my achilles tendon lengthened. (I had no spasms when the cast was on) By November when I could walk longer distances the spasms returned. In June 2009 I went back to the surgeon, and in consultation with the neurologist--he prescibed Baclofen. I currently take 50 mg of baclofen a day. The muscle in my left calf is markedly smaller than the other leg.

In the past year I have found that if I stand on a pillow it can make the spasm subside better, since while my toe is pointing up I CAN NOT fully stand on the ball of my foot. When I can't make the toe stop sticking up I need to lie down on the floor(because I feel like fainting) and push my foot against the wall, but I can't get it to go back to normal unless I stand up.

While my toe is sticking up- the tendon is very hard and it feels like the tendon or nerve is wedged between two bones. Eventually I hear a snap and it goes back into place.

Any ideas as to what this is or what I should do?

Watch Part Two Here:
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