Why am I unable to move my big toe upwards recently?

There may be many reasons why you are not able to move your big toe upwards, especially if it happens over a period of time.  You may notice that it becomes difficult to walk because you may hear your foot slapping down on the ground, or you are tripping over your foot.  The fear of falling limits your activities.

One cause, which can often be overlooked, may be an injury or compression of one of the nerves that goes to the big toe and foot and helps you bring the toe upwards and the foot upwards.  These nerves are the common fibular nerve and the deep fibular nerve.  Simple examinations done in the office can help determine if these nerves are involved.  A simple test, a diagnostic nerve block, can be given and many times after a few minutes, you may notice you are able to move the toe, where before there was no motion.  This can then help determine the best treatment options for you so you can get back on your feet again and doing many of the activities you once did.

Why suffer from not being able to become active again due to the fear of falling.  Give our office a call at 760-568-0108 to schedule an appointment for a thorough evaluation of you nerve problem or make an appointment online.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle