Besides a toe being pushed up or the plantar plate weakened, sometimes a floating toe will develop in response to physical trauma. An example of this kind of situation is waking up in the middle of the night, walking in the dark to get to the bathroom, and bumping your foot into something with a lot of force. This does tend to be rare, though. Most of the cases—approximately 95%—stem from big toe deformities.
Symptoms include pain or numbness under the second toe and can lead to excessive pressure on the other toes. When the toe is on the ground, it can carry its share of the workload. This is simply not the case when the toe is levitating. In addition, the condition is progressive and will get worse if left untreated.
As with any foot or ankle problem, it is best to get treatment at the earliest possible stage. Doing so will allow us to take measures to slow the condition’s progression. With that in mind, make sure you come in and see us as soon as you become aware of a floating toe, or any issue with your lower limbs. Call us at (317) 545-0505 for more information or contact us online today!