So, I finally took myself to the podiatrist, as I should have ages ago, and the diagnosis for my sharp, occasional toe pain is Hallux Limitus, probably stage one. Basically, at some point I injured my big toe (perhaps due to inappropriate shoes) and since then, I've gotten a bit of bone deposit. The solution is to NEVER wear heels, always wear orthodics, either in tennis shoes or other, non-heeled shoes. The injury/problem predates me taking up dance, and the podiatrist sees no reason that I shouldn't be able to continue dancing, so long as I wear the orthodics in my dance sneakers. I'm glad about that. I do have some feelings of disappointment and chagrin, though. My problem isn't severe YET, and I gather that if I wear proper footwear, I'll be OK, but I'm struggling a bit with the fact that I won't have many footwear options *for the rest of my life*. I'm only 34! So, goodbye to all the Argentine Tango partners who will look at my dance sneakers or possibly other flat dance shoes and choose not to partner with me. And I guess, goodbye to any hope of someday choosing to enter competitions (right?) or possibly showcases. Hopefully, as I move on to more advanced levels, teachers will find a way to work around my footwear and won't try to convince me to wear heels to dance. Has anyone else here had a like diagnosis? Have you managed to keep dancing with orthodics in your shoes? I'm going to follow the doctor's advice, since I gather had I waited a couple more years, I might have ended up in constant pain instead of occasional. Comforting words would be appreciated.