About 4 months ago I experienced very bad foot pain seemingly out of nowhere. It was hard to localize where the pain was coming from at first, but it felt like the outside (lateral) part of my right foot (now I know that to be the 5th metartsal). It was very painful to walk (especially putting any weight on the heel) and I went to urgent care for x-rays and everything was normal. I then realized that several days prior, I did step awkwardly when I stood up and my right foot gave out right below the ankle. It was very painful for the first few minutes but I walked it off and didn’t think anything of it.
After the first week or so, the pain in the heel subsided by the pain continued on my 4th and 5th metatarsals from the end of the toes to the ankle (so basically on the entire top of the foot) with the most of the pain being on the 5th metatarsal. I also was/am experiencing pain on the bone going from the leg down into the inside of the ankle (but not all the way down the ankle). I went to an orthopedic surgeon about 3 weeks into the pain and he ordered an MRI thinking it was peroneal tendonitis. The MRI came back negative.
About 2 months later, I was still experiencing the pain in the foot and ankle and went to another orthopedic surgeon who ordered an MRI to rule out a stress fracture of the metatarsal. The MRI came back negative.
It’s now almost 4 months into this whole ordeal and I’m still experiencing pain in the foot and ankle. The pain is definitely on the bone in both the foot and ankle. They are very tender to touch. The foot pain feels like a bad bruise and the ankle pain feels like an achy throb. The foot feels like something wants to snap every time I walk, especially put pressure on the outside of the foot. The ankle continues to throb at times even in a sitting position. The foot hurts when I walk or when I’m sitting and put pressure on it (like crossing my other foot on top).
Any suggestions? The ankle looks a little swollen and small bruises come and go on the outside of the ankle and foot but nothing too bad. If it’s just a bruised foot, wouldn’t it have healed by now?