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I have high arched foot (with bunions) foot tends to pronate in due to some turning in of feet pigeon toed tendancies. I was on my feet all last year on concrete working at a school. No problems other than typical aches. I wear flip flops regularly and 5 weeks ago was literally strolling when I started to feel a pulling sensation in between 1st and 2nd toe where strap is of shoe. It eventually got worse and within a week felt like I had a rock there. Went to Podiatrist and he took x-rays but said he did not see stress fracture and called it nerve inflammed/capsulitis. Had a cortisone shot to that area and ordered orthotics. It took up to one week after shot before I could even attempt to walk and then only in a padded soccer slide shoe. I then had to use callous pads the following week to pad under the foot pad area to being able to bear any weight. 3 weeks later I start to experience stronger pain in between the 2nd and 3rd toe area and go back for evaluation. There is an obvious lump that I can feel and cannot bear weight as it feels like I am stepping on a rock. He manipulates the area and it causes unbelievable pain. He feels that this is either a neuroma or a plantar plate tear. No MRI or further test is done, however he injects this area with Cortisone and places a metatarsalgia pad in the area. I am now one week out from this shot and still have
tenderness and swelling to foot pad area. It is swollen larger than the metatarsalgia pad so still makes it difficult to walk and feels bruised/tender to the entire area. If I step down towards the front on the foot pad it is like an electrical current or shock is going through the entire front of my foot. At this point I can only step by placing weight on heel or arch pad and it is causing stiffness and stress to my knee and hip joints. I am scheduled to leave the country in a couple of months for 6 months and will have no use of a vehicle and be required to walk everywhere...which at this point is impossible. Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated. I am not sure either why it takes so long after a cortisone shot with swelling on the pad, tenderness and bruising?
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Michael D. Ebeling
Tampa, Florida 33624
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Mansfield Ctr, CT
First, I'd like to thank you for all the information that you provide on your website and the opportunity to write to you.
First, I want to let you know that you have the best web site I've found related to foot issues. (The only thing I had difficulty finding was the "ask a question" page.)
I received the orthotics Monday afternoon and began wearing them Tuesday. After two days I would say that I have noticed a huge improvement in the discomfort I have been experiencing. My foot feels better than it has in months.
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Pacific Grove, CA
I used to work for a podiatrist (front desk) back during summers in
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