Top of foot pain

I have had a lot of pain on the top of my right foot and ankle. I have been to a couple of doctors who did xrays and said there was no sign of broken bones. I then went to a podatrist who had me in a boot for 8 weeks due to a swollen tendon. Took the boot off and the problem was right back. An MRI was done and the results came back with nothing wrong. Here is what it is like: pain in the top of the foot (right where your shoe laces ride) and sometimes generates to the ankle. Then there is also a lot of cramping and burning pain (sometimes so bad at night it wakes me from a sound sleep, it is almost every night now) The top of my foot stays swollen and sometimes I have to re-tie my shoe or completely untie it to account for swelling. I am at the end of my rope with this. Any suggestions

3 Responses

  1. Foot-com

    Thank you for the additional information. Again without examining you it is difficult for me to say what is causing your pain and swelling. If you have not had advanced diagnostic testing I recommend discussing this with your Podiatrist. If you feel your treatment is limited it never hurts to get a second opinion. Good luck!

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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  2. Foot-com

    Dr Splichal,

    I have had no injury to my foot, howver I do have advanced Artheritis in both of my knees. I have made an appointment with a orthopedic doctor to see if that is what is causing pain in my foot. I also have spurs on my knee joints and knee cap that cause pain in my knee. I have been told that the only way to fix that is total knee replacement. I do have burning in the top of my foot that along with the cramps will wake me from a sound sleep. this does happen at night, but also during the day. The pain is there all the time,but more so when I spend the day working out in the warehouse (driving a forklift, shipping and receiving). I have to do this when my warehouse employee is off. Driving seems to make the pain worse. I do appreaciate your information and whatever suggestions you can give will be greatly appreciated.

  3. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing such persistent pain. Although I cannot say exactly what is causing your pain, I can give you general guidelines. With a negative Xray and MRI this makes the diagnosis even more difficult.

    Do you have any history of trauma? Have you ever sprained your ankle? If you are experiencing a burning-type pain – especially at night – this sounds more like nerve pain. Have you seen a pain specialist or neurologist? If you are able to answer these questions I may be better able to guide you. Thanks.

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    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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