3 different podiatrists, 3 different diagnoses

Several years ago, I suddenly developed a very sharp pain in the ball of my left foot below the 2nd toe soon after running in sandals. I could barely walk. I was able to get to a podiatrist the next day. He took x-rays, gave me a cortisone shot, wrapped it up and said I had a dropped metatarsal. It got better. Not long after, it happened again and he did all the same things. A couple of years later, it happened again. Because of insurance changes, I went to a different doctor. He took x-rays, wrapped it up with some sled-like padding to keep pressure off the front of the foot. He wasn’t sure what I had, but thought it could be a neuroma or a plantar plate tear. With icing and ibuprofen it got better. He sold me some orthotics as well and I bought a good walking shoe. Since seeing him, it’s happened 3 more times in the last 6 months, 2 in the same foot and now, in my right foot and it’s pretty bad. I went to a different podiatrist because of insurance changes again. He did x-rays and thinks it’s a stress fracture. He just put me in a hard shoe thing and I’m icing and taking ibuprofen. I’m 53 and I have to walk to a lot because I work a variety of jobs. I can’t keep having this happen. I don’t feel I know what it is and I don’t know what to do to prevent it from happening. I would love to hear your thoughts. With all 3 doctors, the x-rays showed only that I have a very long 2nd toe metatarsal in both feet, but nothing else.

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    Sounds like you may need an MRI with this duration of symptoms and the various diagnoses you are getting. It should be easy to approve especially with a stress fracture diagnosis. You may have had different diagnoses each time which were all correctly diagnosed which means several issues are going on.

    My recommendation is to see the last Podiatrist and request an MRI.

    I hope this helps!

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