Hi Dr. Splichal,
I’ve been experiencing a weird popping in the underside of my right foot on the knuckle of the 4th toe (about an inch from the ball of my foot). The popping started at least a year ago and seems to come and go, but within the last few months, if I step on it the wrong way, it will pop and immediately become very sore. I find that walking barefoot on hard floors when it’s irritated makes the pain almost excruciating, but if I put on running shoes and tighten the laces, it almost doesn’t hurt at all. I would describe the pain as sharp at first and then it feels hot inside my foot (??) and then it’s like a strong ache. I recently had a baby, so I don’t know if the relaxin hormones perhaps altered my feet? Does that sound at all like something familiar?
I know I need to go see a doctor, but I don’t currently have a GP. Should I try scheduling an appointment with a podiatrist, or does one usually need to be referred?