This occured recently on a cruise - the big toe on my left foot hurt for three days, and then it went away. It just started again this morning. I cannot figure out why this happens - I didn't change my diet, exercise too much or hit it. this has happened a couple or three times a year for the last few years. I'm 52, 6' 3", 190 pounds. I walk regularly and do some cardio exercise on a stepping machine a few times a week.