First Emily, thank you for this service. I sure appreciate it as I have an issue I'd very much like you to consider if you have the time. I'll try to be as explicit as possible.
A little background may help here: I've had chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) for eight years and I was recently recovering. I started walking around the house. Around the garden, Around the park, the block, the suburb, around mountains, up mountains, built up to 30km, and all was awesome. I found a love of hiking. I went the gym, and all was great!
With no indication of a foot problem, one evening after dinner (24 Dec) I went to stand up and I had this tremendous pain throughout my foot. It was so severe the slightest movement would lance an agonizing pain through my foot and ankle. It was so bad I splinted it so it wouldn't move. I couldn't put any pressure on it. The foot looked normal other than a very slight fleshy swelling under the ankle.
I went to hospital, was examined, x-rays taken because it felt broken, but nothing showed up. It was suggested I had damaged a tendon and to take it easy for a few days.
About a week passed and I visited my doctor and explained the situation. He gave me some anti-inflammatories and said rest, ice, and it'll be fine in a few days. He also said it could persist for more than 3 months and if it does to come back. I thought this a bid odd, but he's the doc. Not me.
A couple of weeks later I saw another doctor for a third opinion. She said it's probably exercise related and to rest it a few more days. I advised I had rested it for about a month and although much of the pain has subsided it's difficult to walk on. I said when I walk anywhere I have to wear my hiking shoes for support.
Since the injury I alternate with four ice packs throughout the day. Unfortunately my health took a turn for the worst (CFS again) and the foot pain remains.
About the pain: when it first happened, however it happened, there was significant pain throughout my right foot, especially the top and outer blade, with a little pain, but not much, under the foot. The pain was 8 out of 10. Very significant. I first thought it was broken and had nerve damage.
After removing the splint (was on for about 24 hours because the hospital was full and I wasn't a priority), the pain was about 4/10 in the same locations.
Now, four weeks later, there's no change. I've tried many things from exercising the foot (which makes it worse), constant ice and self-massage, running a golf ball under foot, Voltarin gel, rest, but nothing works. I'd love to go to a podiatrist. The swelling remains and most of the pain is at the top of the foot about an inch below the middle toe. I also get pain in the blade and occasionally a little pain at the bottom of the foot.
Unfortunately with my illness I haven't worked in many months and money is very tight. I appreciate you don't give medical advice and any anecdotes, things to look into, suggestions, anything drawing on your experience will be awesome until I can somehow afford to get some help. I also miss my hiking, sick all the time, and this foot aggrevation is getting stressful.
Hope that's enough information. Thanks again Emily. I will very much appreciate your time. Take care.