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Old 09-07-2007, 07:37 AM   #1
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severe pain and swelling in ball of foot

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About two weeks ago I developed severe pain in the ball of my foot under my big toe. I can move my toe without pain. The pain is excruciating with any pressure on the ball area. There is a bump in the area and it is warm to the touch. I went to a walk-in clinic and the Dr. said it was just inflammation and put me on anti-inflammatories. A week later I went to a podiatrist who took x-rays, said everything looked normal "except for this bump on my foot" and put me in a cam walker for two weeks. A week later, there has been no improvement. Thankfully, I can walk comfortably in the cam walker but the area is still swollen, warm and hurts just from the pressure of wearing the boot. Anti-inflammatories don't seem to be helping. My podiatrist recommended a cortisone shot but I'm terrified because just touching the area lightly causes pretty bad pain. Also, I'd like a better diagnosis before we just start treating things randomly. He mentioned an inflammation of the sesmoid bones but would that cause a lump? Anyone have any suggestions? The pain is very localized to the bump. No radiation to toes or nerve symptoms or anything. Help!!!

 
Old 09-07-2007, 02:12 PM   #2
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Re: severe pain and swelling in ball of foot

did you have an xray? maybe its a neuroma. i think they can also do a blood test. can you go to a different dr, i would.

 
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Old 09-08-2007, 07:15 AM   #3
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Re: severe pain and swelling in ball of foot

Yes, the podiatrist did several x-rays and they showed no fractures. My mother had a neuroma but she had pain when she squeezed the bones of her foot together side to side and I don't have that - only have pain when pressure (even very light pressure) is applied to the bottom of the foot. I don't know if this makes sense, but the pain is all in the bump on my sole, not in the bone below it (although it is right over the sesmoid bones). Should I see another podiatrist? an orthopedist?

 
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Re: severe pain and swelling in ball of foot

i would see a foot specialist and that would probably be an ortho.

 
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