Having been to my GP, A&E, back to GP (practice nurse) then feeling at a loss as to what to do next, as no one could give me an answer as to what had caused both my big toes to become engorged with blood, lifting the nail at the cuticle end, when I had done nothing to them, I finally self-referred to the local Podiatry Clinic. I explained my situation to the receptionist, who must have taken pity on me as she got me an appointment the same day (the waiting list was 10 weeks!!). The podiatry nurse told me she had seen this before, in walkers - I am not a walker - but it would appear I have developed a problem with a ligament on both toes which is pulling the toe in an upward position causing friction on the roof of the shoes I was wearing, very comfy, not new ones, I might add. I have to accept their opinion for the moment, but it all seems very odd to me how this has happened and that others on this forum have had a similar problem, so watch this space guys!!