Strange Foot Pain

Hello, Doctor,

I’m 39, female, and currently have a mystery pain in my right foot. It only really hurts bad when I put any weight on it, standing or walking. The pain is all through the foot, but most severe toward the ball of the foot, though it also radiates part way up my ankle to my calf. The pain forces me to walk more on my heel and the outside edge of the foot.
The type of pain is quite achy, but pretty strong and kind of *heavy*, if that makes any sense. When I walk or stand, it becomes sharper. There is also pain on the top of the foot. This has been going on for four days now.

When I am lying down, it only hurts a bit, and it is only there for about half an hour after I get off the foot. Then it eases off. It doesn’t hurt to touch my foot. There is no visible bruising or swelling, though it feels like its swollen when I stand or walk.

I have been using hot/cold compresses, Tylenol, Naproxen, and Voltaren to try to manage the pain, but nothing has really felt like it has been overly helpful. I don’t remember doing anything that could have caused an injury, though I am kind of clumsy, so anything is possible.

I have a bad back caused by a workplace accident seven years ago that has left me with severe chronic back pain and muscle spasticity. It also left me with sciatica that comes and goes unpredictability. While the sciatica does cause me lower leg and foot pain, it feels very different than this current pain does.

Do you have any idea what is causing this pain?

Thanks in advance.

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    Without examining you it is going to be very difficult for me to accurately guide you to what is causing your foot pain. I would suggest seeing a Podiatrist who can better evaluate you and take an x-ray.

    You would want to rule out a stress fracture, neuroma, bursitis or MPJ sprain. In the mean time I would continue to limit your activity and ice the foot.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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