Why Do I Have Pain When Curling My Toes?
One thing we talk about again and again when patients are looking for a new pair of shoes? Make sure your toes have plenty of room to wiggle and curl!
However, for some people, the very act of curling their toes can cause pain and discomfort. That’s not normal, and if you’re experiencing pain when curling your toes, it’s important to see a foot specialist like Dr. Patel right away.
There are a few possible explanations for why this might be the case. However, if you find that the pain occurs along the top of your foot when you curl your toes, one of the most likely possibilities is a condition called extensor tendinitis.
What Is Extensor Tendinitis?
In order to understand this condition, you need to understand how toes flex.
The extensor tendons do a lot of the work here. They run along the top of the foot, connecting the powerful muscles on the front of the lower leg to the toes, and they are responsible for keeping your toes straight and pulling them upward away from the ground during each and every step you take.
If the extensor tendons become irritated and inflamed, it can become painful to curl your toes in a downward motion, as this will stretch the inflamed tendons beyond their capacity. Sometimes, extensor tendinitis will also cause swelling across the top of the foot.