Hitchhiker's Toe

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's several years ago and have experienced most of the symptoms associated with it. Recently I developed a condition that perplexes me and caused me to wonder if any other Parkinson's patients have it; the big toe of my left foot wants to stand straight up!

When it first started, a burning sensation was felt along the top of the toe while it was trying to stand up. After a few weeks, the pain ceased but the toe now stands up most of the time. I expect to see my toe poking out of the shoe before long. I have asked several doctors, a neurologist, therapists, a podiatrist and a chiropractor and not one can tell me why the toe wants to stand up.

Hitchhiker's toe and Parkinson's

Searching on-line I found a site that states "Hitchhiker's toe resembles the thumb of a hitchhiker, due to the hyperextension of the extensor hallucis longus muscle. This involuntary position is also called striated toe. Causes of this deformity include stroke, cerebral palsy, physical trauma, such as spinal cord injury, and other neurological disorders."

Could PD be included under "other neurological disorders"? I have ruled out most of the other stated possibilities. The quoted information was from the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, Podiatrists in CT.

By providing your email address, you are agreeing to our privacy policy.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The ParkinsonsDisease.net team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

Join the conversation

Please read our rules before commenting.