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Posted by Ann Allan on October 10, 1999 at 22:42:51:

In Reply to: Chronic pain from injury - what could it be and what can I do about it? posted by snoodledoo on May 19, 1999 at 15:23:14:

: Hi,

: I initially injured my right foot climbing a steep slope. Felt like I pulled something between the great toe and the 2nd toe (ball/metatarsal area), so I iced, rested, compressed and elevated the foot. Felt like it was starting to get better, but then a week after the initial injury, I stepped on something in the dark and repeated the same injury to the same foot. Only this time, rest/elevation/compression/ice did nothing to help it feel better. It's been a little over 2 years now since the initial injury, and it is still feeling very painful. There is some tingly/numb feeling inside the muscles and soft tissue, and also a sensation of pressure between the metatarsal bones for the large and second toes, in the ball area of the foot; there is also some swelling. All symptoms (pain, tingly feelings, pressure & swelling) are aggravated by: standing, walking, bending the large toe or ball of the foot, touching or putting pressure on the joint in the ball at the base of the large toe, temperature extremes (hot or cold), pressure of blankets on the foot while sleeping, and letting the foot hang down (like while sitting in a chair). I've tried unsuccessfully: acupuncture, various poultaces, foot soaks (hot and cold), steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, immobilization via walking cast, homeopathy, special shoes, custom orthotics, magnetic therapy, various mineral & vitamin supplements, and some other things. I've seen a Neurologist, two Podiatrists (one of whom is supposedly a top-notch expert foot surgeon), a Sports Medicine specialist, a Rheumatologist, a Chiropractor, and a Naturopathic Physician, and none of them seem to be able to tell me what's wrong with my foot or what I can do about the pain/tingles/swelling. X-Ray, MRI, CT and bone scan all show nothing but a little swelling; I am unable to take OTC non-steroidal anti-inflammatory or pain-killing medications (like tylenol, aspirin, etc.) due to severe digestive system upset. Any help, clues as to what's going on in my foot, or suggestions on what I can do about the pain, please email me or post a reply here on this board. Thanks.

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