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Posted by Milly Biel on February 04, 2000 at 23:06:33:

In Reply to: Pain/inflamation in Ball of foot posted by Monsta on September 25, 1999 at 14:12:23:

: Here's the deal:
: Training for 10k run. End of 55 minute run I felt a sharp, but not extreme pain in ball of right foot. I stayed off it for a week, seemed better, did a light run, found there was still some tendernes, stayed off it for another week, had some physio (ultrasound mostly plus some toe curling exercises). Foot got progressively worse. Had/have small bruise at pin point of pain which is just where the ball of the foot

starts and the arch ends. Swelling of foot which

is actually getting worse rather than better and
has now progressed to the top of foot as well as underneath. I cannot put any pressure on the ball of my foot whatsoever as it is too painfull and now the whole metatarsel area is swolen. Nothing helps. I have and do use ice, heat, rest, elevation, soft insterts, ibuprofin, a cane and crutches. I've been limping and using the side of my foot for four weeks now. I had an X-ray about 3 weeks after the initial pain started and there are no fractures or abnormal sesmoid bones. I'm off to a specialist in a few days. I have a perscription for orthotics, but have to wait until I can walk properly again.

: I read a very brief article about infections in a recent runners world magazin, but cannot find much on internal infection on the internet (mostly external infection). Does anyone know anything about infections that cause inflamation and are not external? Has anyone had a similar problem? What did you do?

: Ta,
: Monsta

I too have had a similar problem, thought I injured it on beach, then as it swelled more over night after ice, elevation etc., I thought I got bit by something. Six weeks later and the swelling and pain is reduced but the foot continues to swell on top and a lump on the ball of foot that is painful with weight bearing. more walking worse it gets. I developed a ganglion on top of the foot as well, and I think it is a tendon ganglion under the foot as well or else a joint capsule ganglion from repetitive irritation, I'm being sent to a specialist also, a rheumatologist, cause my Dr. thinks it's some form of arthritis, as tendon problems are.Are you over-weight? If so that makes it worse.

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