Pain/Heat/Some Swelling In Various Places on One Foot

This is about my husband’s foot. He is stubborn and refuses to see
a doctor about it. He has the ignore it and it will go away thinking.

He is moderately overweight, diabetic, and pretty much sedentary.
I feel I can rule out the cause having anything to do with walking or sprain.

He has had some issues with gout in one foot in the past and has complained
about sore feet off and on for a while.

The current problem is just the left foot. It started with pain on the lateral
side of the foot. Touching that area causes some pain. However, there is no
pain unless he is walking on it or presses on it.

We were treating this with ice/rest, without improvement. Now, there
are other areas of that same foot that are having problems. The medial
ankle is red and sore to the touch. The toe is a little red as well. There
is some swelling starting over the top of the foot too.

The last time he saw his doctor (GP) for his diabetes and mentioned his foot
problems, he was told that it was likely plantar fasciitis. It does not present
that way at all from what I’ve read.

I have spent a lot of time reading all the internet sites about feet and I cannot
find any foot ailment that is like this one. With him having diabetes, obviously I
am concerned about diabetic foot pain, but he does not have any of the symptoms
for that.

I am trying to get him to go to a orthopedic doctor, and hopefully I will succeed.
How do you think a doctor would make a diagnosis based on these symptoms.

Lastly, to insert, he can barely walk on that foot. Is using a walker.

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    Without examining him it is hard for me to say, however it does sound more like peroneal tendonitis vs. plantar fasciitis. Icing and rest are okay however we need to do a little more to help with tendonitis. If he has not done any release of the foot via rolling on a golf ball or tennis ball and stretching his calves I would recommend doing this every day for at least 10 minutes. If you have not seen a Podiatrist and had a recent diabetic foot evaluation I would recommend this as well.

    Although his symptoms do not sound like diabetic nerve pain I think a foot evaluation would still be good. One important thing to remember is that diabetes impacts all our connective tissue including tendons and fascia – which makes diabetics susceptible to getting tendonitis.

    I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
    Please be advised: we do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

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