Ball of foot sore after metatarsal surgery

After having surgery on both the 4th and 5th metatarsal with plates and screws holding everything I have pain on the ball of my foot. I haven’t yet started walking, I’ve been in no weight bearing. It’s been three weeks and a half since surgery and the bottom of my foot really hurts when pressed upon.

The ball of my foot hurts also when I do toe exercise such as curling in and out. Each visit to the doctor he tells me not to walk and put weight on my foot. I tell him each time that I can’t if I wanted to as it hurts to barely try.

After almost a month this doesn’t seem normal, is it? Should I be worried? I will ask the doctor about this on my next visit when he pulls out the k wire.

2 Responses

  1. Foot-com

    I just came back for my Podiatrist he said that was all normal and just as you described. Also, the soreness on the ball of the foot moved down to around the middle of the bottom foot. Meaning that the ball foot area is not sore any more but moved to a different place. He said the bruise moved down because I’m laying on the couch foot up and gravity pulled the bruise downward, at least that’s how I understood it.

    It hurts only when pressure is applied and since I am not supposed to apply weight I’m ok for now. He said I will start walking no crutch in two weeks. If the soreness is still there then I may have a problem. But the way it’s seems to be healing and moving around I may be ok.

    Thanks for your support and help.

  2. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Without examining your foot it is difficult for me to assess the cause of your foot pain.

    Since you are still in a non-weight bearing status I would assume that your foot pain is related to post-op swelling and inflammation. Depending on exactly what procedure was done there can be quite a bit of soft tissue damage which can be associated with pain and swelling for several months.

    If you are not on an anti-inflammatory I would consider discussing this with your Podiatrist. As far as pain when moving your digits, this is also expected as the tendons course along where your surgery was performed. I hope this helps ease your concerns. Do try the anti-inflammatory medication.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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