Annoying pain

I have been reading through the posts and have not quite found anything like what I am experiencing. Over the past few years, every 6 months or so, I go through a period of debilitating foot pain. It usually starts, but not always, with waking up with a deep throbbing pain in my left foot.

The pain is usually along the inside bottom. It quickly progresses to the point where I have trouble walking on it. The pain stays there and then radiates to the outer side of my foot. and the ankle, both the front and back of it. After a few days, the pain lessons in the one foot, but begins in the other. Usually as ankle pain and pain on the outside of the foot. this pain usually is accompanied by whole foot swelling. The pain will move back and forth from foot to foot for about a month. It gets very annoying very quickly.

I have been seen by my primary care doctor, two separate podiatrists an orthopedic surgeon , and a physical therapist on their suggestion. They do not see any signs of the degeneration that occurs with arthritis, I have been tested for gout with negative results. I am an avid hiker but do carry about 60lbs extra weight that I am trying hard to lose.

The docs all say the same thing, that it is likely plantar fasciitis, but that doesn’t really jive with the symptoms I seem to experience. I was hoping for another opinion as it gets so bad, I can not sleep at night from the throbbing pain. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question. Without seeing your foot type it is difficult for me to accurately diagnose, however have you ever been worked up for tarsal tunnel syndrome?

    Based on how you are describing your symptoms it sounds nerve related. Nerve pain is often greatest at night and can present as sharp, burning, radiating or tingling. It can be treated with anti-inflammatories, nerve-pain medications such as Lyrica or nerve-protective supplements such as Metanx.

    If you can provide pictures of your foot type and where the pain is then I can better guide you in the right direction.

    Thank you – Dr Splichal.

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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