This is my first post. A small lump under the skin suddenly appeared. It is where the ball of foot meets the toe. It is the middle toe. Very painful to walk. My health insurance starts Nov. 1st, in 9 days. Right now I would just like to ease the pain so I can walk a little. Any ideas?
I don't think it's Gout, that is an extremely painful condition generally
in the large toe and even under the toe-nail often accompanied with heat/swelling.
I would get this checked if I was you, have you stood on something sharp and pierced the skin at sometime, or it could be one of those lumps that appear on the wrist which is called a Ganglion though whether it could come on the foot I don't know.
Best get it looked at,
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Try wearing a metatarsal pad, available at drugstores, under the ball of your foot. You might take an anti-inflammatory like Naproxen, and wear very cushy shoes. It could be a ganglion, a cyst on tendon, or even a plantar wart, but those don't come up all of a sudden. Stay out of high heels, and wear completely flat shoes that transfer the weight of body to the back of foot. Don't go barefoot, even in house, especially on hardwood or tile floors. Any pressure on the lump will cause more pain. Any chance there is a foreign body like a small piece of glass embedded? If signs of infection develop, I would be seen immediately.