Forefront Foot Pain

I started experiencing pain on the top of my right foot about two months ago that I believed was between my 2nd and 3rd Metatarsal. It started after running a 10K. I regularly run 5-6 miles, but did up my pace for that 10K. The pain was moderate and lasted for a couple hours following the run. I suspected it was a stress fracture, or Morton’s toe. My second toe is longer than my big toe. I took a break from running, and thought I was on the way to recovery. I played golf on Monday (4 days ago) and after playing I was having quite a bit of pain in my right foot. There was some swelling in my foot and toes but no discoloration. Over the past few days it has gradually improved, and I am able to walk, but have moderate discomfort when walking. The 2nd MTB joint and 2nd Metatarsal is the source of the pain, and I have some discomfort under my foot under the 2nd MTB. Pushing off of the foot or bending my 2nd toe up can be very painful, flexing the toe downward causes a little discomfort but mostly feels like I am stretching the Metatarsal. I am deciding whether to continue to rest it, or if it is time to see a orthopedic foot specialist or a podiatrist. Any insights would be appreciated.

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  1. Foot-com

    Thank you for your question. Without examining you it is difficult for me to accurately diagnosis what may be causing your foot pain. I do recommend seeing a Podiatrist who can more accurately assess and evaluate your foot. It sounds like it may in fact be a stress fracture or capsulitis to the 2nd MPJ. If it is a stress fracture, just note that nothing may show up on the x-ray and they are often missed due to this. In the mean time I would minimize your activity and control any inflammation or swelling to the area. Good luck!

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