Hi - this is a weird one, but maybe somebody else has experienced it. I have been kept awake all night by a stabbing pain in the ball of my big toe. It is like a red hot needle being pushed into it and happens every couple of minutes or so. It is incredibly painful. There is nothing really to see. I think it could be nerve related. I probably wont get it now for another few months. I thought it could be due to certain shoes or alcohol, but not really sure. I don't think it's gout as it is in the fleshy part of the toe, not joint, always at night and seems better if I get out of bed (cooler maybe?). I never get it anywhere else. Any ideas?