Sharp pain that fades as I walk

Good morning, I broke the 5th metatarsal of my left foot (dominant foot) around 8 years ago. It was described as looking like a broken egg shell in the x-ray. It took about 8-10 weeks for the healing process to fully start and a further 4-6 weeks before I was discharged by the doctor. I have been fine and pain free until around 2 months ago when I suddenly started to get a sharp pain each time I got up to walk after a period of non weight bearing. The pain is sudden and sharp and moves from the outside of my left foot across the top to the first metatarsal but then fades after about 20 -30 seconds of walking and remains this way until I get up again from a period of non weight bearing. I have also gained about 28lbs since the original break so I know that wont be helping things. Any ideas? Regards, GT

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    Hello and thank you for your question. I would see a Podiatrist who can better evaluate you. Most likely this new pain you are experiencing is not related to the prior injury. In the mean time I would roll the bottom of your foot and calves on a lacrosse ball for 10 minutes every night followed by 10 minutes of icing. Make sure you are wearing proper footwear and avoiding excessive standing or walking until you see the Podiatrist. Good luck!

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