Constant foot pain after accident

I was in an MVA inNov 2015 and fractured my left foot, left patella and Thoacic vertebrae 10, 11 &12. I had balloon kyphoplasties, with subsequent Physical Therapy. I wore a knee brace and a Cam boot and was truly laid up and disabled for most of 2016. I had 2 spinal steroid injections and 2 foot injections which helped some. I am a 59 year old RN, and I’ve been back at work for about 8 months. Every day is a struggle, and I usually walk around 2 miles per shift. The last week or so, I’ve been having constant pain in the outside edge of my Right foot, with episodic severe pain that shoots up to the R ankle and down to the toes. This pain stops me in my tracks! Rest, ice, elevation and compression all help, and it’s usually a little better in the morning. Could my injuries from last year have disturbed my gait to cause this pain? I have to work! Please help! Thanks, Lynn

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    Hello and thank you for your question. It is quite possible that the injuries created a compensation or altered gait / movement which is shifting stress to the right side. The best thing you can do to ensure you maintain balance in your alignment is to either do foam rolling, stretching, yoga or Pilates. This would need to be done on a weekly basis with small stretches done every day. I often tell my patients who are nurses to do 5 – 10 minutes of stretches or yoga poses at the end of the day every day. In the interim I would recommend seeing a Podiatrist who can better evaluate your right foot. Good luck!

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