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Pain in Top of Feet

by Marcella
(Chicago)

I a 58-year-old female. I am in excellent health and not overweight. I stand for most of 8 hours at my job. I wear very comfortable shoes and have no pain in my legs or feet while I'm standing.


If I am off of my feet for 10 minutes or longer (including when I get out of bed in the morning), when I get up and begin to walk, I feel enough pain in the tops of my feet that I have trouble walking and people ask me what is wrong. After about one minute of walking, the pain is gone and I'm walking just fine. I've had this for about one year.

Also, if I squeeze my foot sideways, just below where the bottoms of the toe joints are, on the outside of my foot, I feel a dull ache, almost the same feeling as when I am massaging a sore muscle. Yet if I massage that same area, there is no pain at all. This is in a completely different area than the first issue with my feet. However, both of these types of pain started causing problems at the same time.

My GP is clueless as to what the cause might be.

Hi Marcella,
As far as the first pain goes, read my section on "midtarsal fault" as it sounds like an arthritic problem on the top of the foot in the mid section.
Not sure what you mean by your second description so I cannot offer any suggestions.
I would suggest you see a local foot specialist who should be able to make an accurate diagnosis and give you some helpful advice.
Marc Mitnick DPM
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FInd the cause?
by: Pat

Hi Marcella,

Did you ever find a cause for this type of foot pain? I am experiencing the same pain. Thanks.

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Pain between heel and arch

by Diana
(Miromar Lakes, FL)

I fell forward on a flight of stone stairs in mid-January. I think my toes caught the upper step and my heel slammed back on the previous stair as I tumbled. The pain was horrific and I couldn't put weight on that area of my foot for weeks. The x-rays taken the day of my fall didn't show a break, but there is still a great deal of discomfort on the fatty pad that is just between the heel and arch (which seems like the area that took the direct hit). It throbs in the night & hurts most when I've been off of it, then stand upright. Once I begin walking, I can put weight on it and walk but a tolerable pain remains. Should I re-visit the doctor for another look?
Thank you.

Hi Diana,
If the heel still hurts you most certainly should re-visit the doctor. By your description it sounds like you damaged the plantar fascial ligament just where it attaches into the heel.
If you were in my office I would consider doing an MRI to assess the damage to the ligament with the possibility that you even tore part of it. The MRI would also tell me if the heel bone (calcaneus) was fractured, something that might not have shown up on the original x-ray.
My rule of thumb, is that a musculo-skeletal injure of two months or longer is probably now classified as a chronic problem and without medical attention there is little chance it will get better on its own.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Thank you Dr. Mitnick
by: Diana

I truly appreciate the advice and information concerning my foot pain. Thank your for your swift response ~ I'm going to bring along your advice when I see the doctor and hope he'll agree to follow those same procedures. Bless you doc!

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Pain in the middle of my foot, on the bottom

by Paula
(Supply NC)

recently I have been having a sharp pain run from the top of my foot down the middle on the bottom of my foot. It feels like someone slicing down the middle of my foot with a knife. It continues for about 20 seconds. It's very painful.

Hi Paula,

Read my section on Morton's neuroma as that would be the first condition that I would consider. Over the years I have seen people come into the office with tears in their eyes because the pain was so intense. Many times through out the literature Morton's neuroma symptoms may be described as a stabbing pain located in the forefoot.
Typically a patient will state that they are walking along and they get this sudden sharp pain; they stop, maybe take off their shoe, rub their foot and the pain subsides. They begin walking again and in just about the same distance the pain will start once again.
They types of shoes that you wear can have an influence on the pain as the more narrow the shoe, the greater the liklihood of pain. Sometimes wearing a very flimsy shoe like flip flops, or even walking barefoot may cause the neuroma to act up.
If this describes your symptoms then you might want to try shoe modification to see if that helps. If not, then I would suggest you see a foot specialist in your area who will be able to make a proper diagnosis.
Morton's neuroma is probably the most common condition, but not the only condition that could cause the type of pain you are experiencing.

Marc Mitnick DPM

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Pain at the ball of my foot.

I woke up today with this excruciating pain on the ball of my foot right below my big toe. I am 9 months pregnant, I dont know if that has anything to do with it. When I walk on it, it feels like I am walking on needles. It feels like I have jumped off of something and landed on it really hard, but I have not done anything to it that I can recall that would injure it. I have tried to walk on the outside of my foot to avoid walking on the ball of my foot, but that just makes my ankle hurt. When I am not walking on it, there is just this throbbing pain, but it is not as bad as when I'm walking. It doesn't feel warm to the touch, is not swollen or red. I'm not sure if I should go to the doctor, or just wait it out and see if it gets better on its own.

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Hi,

I tend to agree with you that there is no urgency to run to the doctor just yet. I say that because according to you there was no history of trauma, nor is there any swelling or redness which would be indicative of inflammation.
The most common cause of pain in the area of the foot that you mention would be a sesamoiditis which is an inflammation of one of the two small bones that are embedded in the tendon that allows your big toe to bend downwards.
If you actually take your big toe and bend it upwards towards you and that reproduces the pain then it is probably sesamoiditis.
Just because there was no history of trauma that does not mean you cannot develop foot pain, particularly in your situation; nine months pregnant.
Two factors are in play. One is weight gain. If you have happened to gain a lot of weight in the last few months, then the extra pressure on your feet could have set off something like sesamoiditis.
Additionally, pregnancy will cause hormonal changes and one of the things that hormonal changes do is cause ligament laxity. A ligament is a leather like structure that attaches bone to bone to stabilize the alignment of bones through the body. This "loosening" of ligaments may be the pre-cursor to your problem as the foot may have become destabilized. This would be worsened if perhaps the day before this problem developed, you happened to do a lot of walking, particularly if you were wearing flimsy shoes like flip-flops or even heels.
Of course this is all conjecture on my part since I cannot actually examine you, but as I stated earlier you could give it 24 hours, take Tylenol is that is ok with you obstetrician, rest the foot and see what happens.
If the following day there is no dramatic reduction in pain, then you might want to consider seeing a doctor about your foot, but keep in mind, in your present condition there is not all that much that a doctor is going to be able to do.

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Pain on my right foot n a swollen ankle

For about a month now, my right foots swollen. My family doctor couldnt diagnose me for about 2 weeks. I then went to see a podiatrist and he diagnosed me with stress fractures on my #2 and #3 metatarsils n the swelling around my ankles, he diagnosed my with gout! Now, a little over a month now and it still swollen. As if it feels heavy when I lift up my foot. Since this is my first major complication with my foot, just wondering how long this can go on or if there is a medication other than Allopurinol and chocicine? Any help/stories would be great. Thanks!

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Allopurinol should be reserved for people who have chronic elevated uric acid levels, if that is not your case I would question your doctor why you are on it.
I have never been a fan of colchicine. As you know the directions are to take it until you develop diarrhea. Well, in mind, I think diarrhea is a worse condition than the pain from gout.
Assuming you can tolerate them, there are certain anti-inflammatories such as Indocin and Naprosyn which are indicated for gout. You can take them short term until the symptoms subside. They will require a prescription.
Keep in mind, most gout attacks only last for about one week then the pain subsides. I am not quite sure why your ankle is still swollen so far down the road unless there are other medical issues you have not mentioned.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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pain in ankle and heel

by Debbi
(Owingsville,Ky)

I had achellis tendon surgery the 29th day of April,he also took a bone spur off and I had what he called a hagerty's deformaty on the back of my foot.He put in 3 anchors and sewed up with wire.I was not allowed to put any weight on it for 6 weeks and then 25% of my weight for 2 weeks until I was allowed to put 100% of my weight which was July 22.I was going to PT,about 4 days after I reached 100% of weight,I started having a lot of pain and by the end of the day the pain was so bad,that I would get real sick to my stomach and could not put any weight on it.I went back to the dr. and he did a MRI and said that there were some little breaks and he though I had a stress fracture,he put me back on crutches and ordered a bone healing system,I have had 38 treatments as of today.I went back to him yesterday and I still have a lot of pain,he took X-rays and he said it didn't show anything,but he wanted to have a bone scan done to be sure.He checked with an orthopedic dr.and the other dr. said it could be where I hadn't been walking on my foot and not using it.Could not using it be the cause of all the pain and when I do try to walk on it is then causing the pain.Will a X-ray show a stress fracture?What is he looking for by doing the bone scan.

Hi Debbi,
Since you were going for physical therapy, you were "working" the foot and ankle so I am not sure I buy into the notion that because the foot was immobilized it is now painful.
A bone scan is much better at picking up small fractures then an xray and I would recommend that over an xray.
Just a thought, but I wonder if the placement of the anchors or staples is causing irritation and pain; you might want to ask your doctor.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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pain in outer edges of heel

by Brenda
(Monticello, IN)

For months I have had pain all the way around my heel on right foot. I have bought numerous pairs of shoes and many inserts hoping that would fix it but the pain is still there and getting worse.

Hi Brenda,

Apparently, the time has come to seek medical care. There are many conditions that will cause heel pain (read my section on heel pain). In many instances changing the shoes that you wear, adding heel cushions or arch supports will do the trick. When they do not and the pain has persisted, it tells me there is a more severe problem going on.
In my experience when patients complain of pain through the whole heel, that is suggestive of a heel bursitis which is a bursal sac that becomes inflamed from the constant pounding of the heel on the ground. This symptom may also indicate a heel neuroma which is basically a pinched nerve that may also cause diffuse pain in the heel. In both cases the pain generally gets worse the more you walk.
Another consideration would be a tear of the plantarfascial ligament. There does not need to be a history of trauma in order for this to occur. This is unlike plantar fasciitis or heel spur that most people are familiar with. In these cases the plantar fascial ligament actually tears and in general tends to be more painful than plantar fasciitis and is usually not resolved by self care on the part of the patient.
So, as you can see in order to get relief, you are first going to need a proper diagnosis.
That is why I would suggest you contact a foot specialist in your area and have a thorough examination of your foot to determine the cause of your pain.
Once an accurate diagnosis is made it becomes far easier to alleviate the pain.

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Pain in foot after stress fracture

Back in July, 2008 I received a stress fracture on the distal end of the third metatarsal of my right foot. I have had pain on the top of my foot, mid-way between the toes and the ankle, ever since. The last x-ray shows that the fracture line has healed and is barely evident. The x-ray report states there is a mild deformity and there has been some thickening of the bone. The doctor is not sure why I am still having the pain. Any ideas or thoughts?

Hi,
I have no idea why you would still be having pain, but if you were my patient I would order an MRI to look for additional pathology that the x-ray does not show. The pain may be nothing more than the result of walking differently on the foot while the fracture site was healing. This leads to referred pain.
If the doctor does not want to order an MRI, you could try some anti-inflammatory medication (assuming you can tolerate it) and some physical therapy.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Top of foot pain
by: Anonymous

I developed a stress fracture after I tore my miniscus on my left knee. The stress fracture did not show in the exrays and the Podiatrist I was going to thought it was a neuroma and was shooting something in my foot to numb or deaden the nerve.
I finally found a doctor with enough smarts to order an MRI and they discovered a stress fracture. Now I have a similar problem with my other foot which I attribute to climbing in my tree stand. I think the tree spikes cause an irritation in my arch giving me problems in my mid foot. I am on a anti inflamm called celebrex which has helped however I am looking into orthotics to help the area. Mid foot arthritis is the diagnosis from my foot surgeon but he said the arthritis is limited. Still painful to walk on my feet and the morning is the worse. I recommend an MRI before you do anything else.

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Pain and swelling on top of left foot that radiates down third metatarsal

by TSW
(WV)

I have had this problem with my left foot for the past 4 months and I am getting frustrated. I have been prescribed an anti-inflammatory by my general doctor. He took an X-ray and said nothing was broken. After a few weeks the anti-inflammatory helped with the pain, but the swelling and discoloration weren't going away. So, I saw a podiatrist and he took and X-ray and an MRI. He said the MRI showed a possible stress fracture of the third metatarsal and a deep bone bruise. He said I have a leaking of the bone marrow and this is what is causing the swelling. I have been wearing a surgical shoe on my left foot for almost 3 months now. But, I still have pain, tenderness and with the swelling I can't fit my foot into a regular shoe. Is this normal??? The podiatrist also gave me a cortisone injection on the top of my foot but it really didn't do anything. Why isn't my foot healing? The only accident I had was tripping in a hole in my backyard. I twisted my left foot. Could this have been caused by that? Also, I was thinking that I had bought a pair of Nike Shox shoes and when I was out for walks I would sometimes over extend my toes on my left foot. This would cause a terrible pain in my toes and tingling. This really hurt but it didn't always happen. So, I wonder if the shoes may have caused the problem. Also, I want to add I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes. So, now on top of the foot problem I am worried that my foot may not be healing because of the high blood sugar. My doctor's want me to walk to bring down my blood sugar, but how with my foot in this shape. Please help. What should my next move be?

Hi TSW,
I never heard of bone marrow leaking out of the bone, so I would try another podiatrist. If you have a true fracture, you may have a non-union,or lack of fusion. This would have to be addressed. A simple xray at this point will tell you if there is a fracture or not.
I personally think a surgical shoe is useless; you need to be in a boot which will better immobilize the area.
I guess the next thing you have to do is get a proper diagnosis and in my mind that would mean choosing a different podiatrist or perhaps an orthopedist.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Pain and Swelling
by: Anonymous

Pleae make sure that you do get a proper diagnosis
for your problem and please pay very careful attention to this pain and swelling is nature's way of telling you that things aare wrong!!!!!
I have had a non-union and do know the foot pain is terrible. You may ask for a bone stimulator if there is a non-union , those do help in some cases.

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Pain in my right foot

by Raymond Sandoval
(French Camp California)

All night last night I had a dull toothache-like pain in my right foot, it felt as if it had something to do with 3rd and 4th toe. But in the morning when I got up, I placed my foot on the floor and WOW!!!! I was unable to put any weight on the foot! Pain radiates from the right outer edge of the right foot...pain is also felt in the arch area..the outer edge and bottom of the outer edge, really hurts when I raise my knee as if to put on my socks. there is also a dull pain in my hip but nothing like the pain in the foot...it was really swollen too. I took some motrin but it did no good. The pain seems to now radiate under foot towards the heel.

Any ideas?
Thank You
Raymond

Hi Raymond,
Based on the site of the dull ache you experienced last night, it sounds like it might be a neuroma.
You do not mention what you were doing the day before but I find it hard to believe the pain came about so quickly and so severely.
Neuromas can be very painful; the literature will describe them as if someone took and knife and stabbed them in the foot. Most neuromas that I see are not quite that painful.
With that kind of pain you should see a podiatrist, he or she will also want to x-ray the foot to rule out other problems.
Good luck.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Mortons Neuroma
by: Ray Sandoval

Hi Doc...thanks...seems like you pinpointed the problem right ont he head...I am going to visit a podistrists ASAP. My wife had a broken toe about two months ago and was prescried NAXOPRIN. The pain I was having was really unbearable so I took one...after the second pill the next day the inflamation went down a lot and feels better. I do remember that I was kneeling down while replacing the brake pads on our car...that might have been when it happened...
anyway, thanks again....
Ray Sandoval

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Pain when walking and wearing my shoe.

by Evelyn
(New York)

I had my 2nd hammertoe and bunion surgery on the left foot back in December 2009. To date, (Aug. 2010), I am still having burning and sensitivity where the cuts were made. Also underneath the second toe on which was the corrected hammer toe, I am experiencing pain when walking and when I have my shoe on. Presently I wear my sneakers.

What do you think it could be? My doctor tells me that it is still swollen. How so after nearly 9 months? And he said if the burning and sensitivity doesn't go away where he cut the bunion, he will cut away the somewhat keloid skin. Will any of that help?

Hi Evelyn,
If your sensitivity is where the incision line is then you may have a superficial nerve entrapment in the scar from the incision and yes, it might require having the excessive scar excised and repaired. Prior to doing that, your doctor could consider giving you a cortisone shot in the thickened scar as that might reduce your symptoms.

Eight months seems a bit long to still have swelling but it is possible depending on a number of factors, not all related to the surgery itself.

Since I cannot examine you I do not know why you are having pain under the second toe. In general, if you notices as the weeks pass that there is less and less pain, then even though the area still hurts, you are probably doing alright as everybody heals at a different rate.

If you find that you have reached the point where there is no further improvement in pain reduction as the weeks pass, then it is time to look for a problem in the surgical area.

Marc Mitnick DPM

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pain on both sides of feet

by Joyce M.
(North Kingstown, RI, USA)

I have had pain on both sides of my feet (the outer sides) for years. It comes and goes, but lately it never foes. It is about halfway between the ankle and the little toe where there is a hard ball. This hard ball on both feet gets red , stings, and swells. I believe that this is more of a systemic problem than an orthopedic problem. I had plantar fascitis several years ago, for which i had surgery that was successful. On a post surgery visit to the podiatrist, the doctor indicated that there was a bundle of tendons there that lead to front part of the foot, but she did not really know what was wrong. This pain is on both sides of my outer feet. It is making me miserable, and while I would like to walk outdoors or on my treadmill for exercise, the pain is always worse after doing it.

Hi Joyce,
That "hard ball" you refer to is the base of the fifth metatarsal base which does protrude in many people plus as your podiatrist mentions, there are a few tendons that attach around that area.
I have found that the most common cause of pain in that area is from people who wear shoes that are too narrow. Most shoe widths are measured from the width of the ball of the foot, but depending on the cut and style of a shoe, it may be too narrow further back in the foot and will irritate that "hard ball".
Look at the shoes that you wear on a regular basis and see if they are pressing into that area. By eliminating those shoes, you should be able to improve on the discomfort you are experiencing.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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by: Anonymous

i have the same problem my dr said it is compressed nerves and the bone needs shaved down which is scary!!! went through plantar fasciitis surgery and all was good now i have this on both feet I was also told about the narrow shoes which i never wear due to being to painful???? good luck

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pain on both sides of feet
by: Anonymous

Thank you, doctor. I wish the problem were that simple. I hardly ever wear an enclosed shoe that would be too tight and cause this kind of pain. could it be fibromyalgia?

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Pain, burning, and stinging on Top of my Left foot - abt 30 days

by Gary
(Ft Smith AR)

I am 57 yrs male. I have had pain on top of my foot down to my toes to some degree. Mostly top center of foot. Looks like a slight knot on top of it sometimes. BY the end of the day it is a little red and slightly swollen. No injury that I can think of. However, I have done a lot of walking and climbing with a 25 lb. tree climbing stand and crossbow often since Oct. 1. I have some relief when I rest it and keep it elevated. But the more I am on it or hold it down it will hurt and have some stinging and burning in it as well. I was wondering if I have had my laces too tight....but I have loosened them for couple of weeks and not really better. When I move my toes alot it seems I have more pain from top down too my toes. Almost like I have spranged or fractured something. I also have high arches. I am very puzzled.

Sincerely Appreciate your feedback

Hi Gary,
Read my section on "midtarsal fault", particularly the part about nerve entrapment.
Generally when a shoe or boot is tied too tight it puts pressure on the underlying bone and the superficial nerve that passes down the foot in this area, gets "caught" between the shoe and bone, thus giving you pain as well as the pain traveling down to the toes, as that is the course of the nerve.
Loosening your laces and possibly placing a doughnut shaped pad around the most pain spot on your foot may, over time, resolve the problem. If not you will need to see a foot specialist who should be able to give you some relief.

Marc Mitnick DPM
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Outside of foot

Pain on the outside of the foot below the ankle?



I woke up maybe 1-1.5 months ago in the night to visit the bathroom and was surprised when I stepped on my left foot. There was a very sharp pain on the outside of my foot right above where my foot meets the ground. The pain was slightly ahead of the ankle, by about 1/2 a cm. I was nervous about it till I reached the bathroom and realized the pain was gone. From that day on the same thing has been happening quite often at night. The pain was always disappearing very quickly. So I chose to ignore it. Now it has become more frequent and longer lasting. There are days when it is always there in the background as a dull ache. It only spikes a bit when sitting for a while then standing. It seems to be getting worse as time passes. I have new shoes with decent arch support and I am also a runner. But I have not been running much lately. I spend part of my day standing at work. In front of a computer. Otherwise there have been no situations I can recall that would have caused an injury. At least none that felt like an injury.

Thanks for you time,
Bill

Hi Bill,

My first thought based on the location you describe would have been a tendon problem, perhaps of the peroneus longus tendon where it curves around the cuboid bone, but in general tendonitis will worsen as you walk and you state your pain is the most evident upon stepping on the foot.
The next most common cause of pain in that area would be due to irritation of the fifth metatarsal base which many times occurs from shoes that are too narrow in the mid portion of the foot. The fifth metatarsal base has a normal lateral flare to it and in some people it is very pronounced. If your shoes, particularly your running shoes are too tight in that area you will get irritation.
Since you have not been able to run, I would suggest you see a podiatrist for some help.
Good Luck.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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same problem with outer foot pain
by: Anonymous

I too have been experiencing the same symptoms. Getting up in the morning is very painful, not allowing me to walk until I have done several stretches to the area. The pain is located along the outer side of my right foot, below the ankle bone and a bit up the back of my foot. I'm wondering if this is achilles tendon related.

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pain like an electic shock in my left toe

by narie
(ireland)

my left top toe gets a dart pain its like an electric shock in my left toe and it only happens every now and last for a few minutes but its a strange sensation.

Hi Narie,
Sounds like local irritation to a nerve, similar to "hitting your funny bone". If it bothers you enough, see your doctor.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Jun 09, 2009
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stabbing electrical pain in toes
by: Anonymous

i am having symptoms that soundsimilar. when i stretch my legs and point my toes i hav this stabbing pain just last for a few seconds but feels like what i could imagine getting shocked would feel in the top side of of my left big toe and the top of foot on right foot between my third and fourth toes. it never hurts like that when i am walking or just relaxing, but this is very annoying and i hav had these symptoms for several months and would have thought by now it would have gone away or got worse???

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sting on side of foot
by: sashinka

I had L5 S1 laminectomy 30 yrs. ago . Left calf has atrophied. Ihabve no Achilles reflex in left foot and cannot stand on left foot toes.

All this is NOT debilitating. However occasionally I will get a sharp stinging pain (like a knife plunging ) on the side of my foot. It is intermittent but can be excriciating. It lasts seconds, subsides, then returns. It seems to happen when only when I'm feeling feverish or ill. It stings anywhere from my little toe to my ankle along the outside of my foot.

What to do? What is it?

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Ontario, Canada
I found your website and articles most interesting.

Andrew

Fla.
Thank you for a quick response. I think your site is the best information site on foot pain and I have viewed many.

Judy

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I came to your website, footspecialist.net via www.foot-pain explained .com which I think is also your website? I thought explanations for different types of problems were well addressed and thoughtfully stated for the patient in mind.

L.W.

New York
You have an amazing and extremely informative site. I enjoyed looking through all of the data and stats.

Yvette

Memphis, TN
Thanks again so much for the information in the article. Very interesting.

Anna

Scotland
Great article. I have had plantar fasciitis since I was in high school……..

J. Simmons

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Dear Dr. Mitnick, The orthotics arrived four days ago and I slipped them into my shoes immediately. I was skeptical as to the usefulness of the item, they really didn't look very exotic. I have to say though, after using them for just four days, I have experienced grand relief from my foot pain. Even the very first day, I was able to do a lot of work while on my feet with at least a 75% reduction of pain. It has only gotten better every day, and I go nowhere without my shoes with the orthotics. I had been experiencing extreme heel and sole pain for about six months and had to take extended breaks off my feet many times a day as well as regular doses of Ibuprofen. Since getting the orthotics, my life has returned to normal and I feel good again. Just wanted to say thanks for the recommendation for a very effective item, I had no idea what a change this item could affect.

Yours truly,

J.C. Forbes

Tennessee
Thanks for the Response, you hit it on the head.

Steve

Redondo Beach, CA
Thank you for your time and expertise in answering my question…..

LH

(location unknown)
First, thanks for putting together this website. Its the most informative site I have found dealing with foot problems. Last June I started having pain and swelling at …….

Joe

(location unknown)
First of all, thank you for having all this useful information available in one place. I've been through most of your website and based on my research, pain and evaluations I think I've narrowed things down quite a bit.

Pete M.

(location unknown)
Thank you for the best site I have found when researching foot pain.

Glenda B.

Madison, Alabama
Thanks for replying so quickly. I was a bit concerned. I think your website is great, and chock full of info.....

Carol

Denison, TX
Dr. Marc, Thank you so much for your reply which seemed to be right on. I have researched many sites but you put me on the right path to the possible answer. My foot pain may not rule the rest of my life after all! I believe I'll make a sign that reads, "THE END IS NEAR!" Thanks Very Much,

Dawn

West lafayette, IN
Dear sir...no doubt you get positive comments re your site...May I please be added to the list of your admirers. In all of my years of web surfing I would say your site is right there with the very best. Thank you for taking the time to write the terrific info you provide and for putting things into laymen terms for us mere mortals. I pray you have much on going success and thank you again for a deed well done. As for me I did not find much help for my symptoms and will continue on my quest. Were you anywhere in the South I would make and appointment...Thanks again dear sir...m.e.

Michael E.

Tampa, Florida 33624
Hi. This is a great site! I'm a healthy middle aged woman who is in good health, but.....

Kelly

Texas
Just a wee word of thanks for your wonderful website...It is a terrific service...Thank you for providing your knowledge and help...With highest regards, m ebeling

Michael D. Ebeling

Tampa, Florida 33624


Thanks for a most interesting website, which has helped a lot.

Steve

UK


Dear Dr.Mitnick

I usually do my research on the Mayo clinic website. I think your website is the most informative site I have found when researching foot pain.

I thank you for putting together this incredible website.

Regards,

Dragica W.

Edmonton,Canada


....I have been told that it is not hard enough to be cut off. Please help, I am not sure what to do now! THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL AND VERY HELPFUL SITE!

Roxy

South Africa


You have an unusually clear, informative and well-written website for laypersons. Thank you for that.

Matthew W.

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.

Steve

Placentia, California


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.)

Unknown

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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.

Ric J.

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I greatly admire someone like you who would donate and dedicate so much time and effort to helping strangers with no compensation. Truly, it is uncommonly kind. And your site is so intelligently arranged.

Ron R.

Pacific Grove, CA


I used to work for a podiatrist (front desk) back during summers in college years ago, so I know the benefits of good care. Again, I want to thank you for an EXCELLENT website. It was so great to get to your site (top of google search) and actually find all the answers I needed EASILY and QUICKLY! Clearly you put a ton of work into it and I really appreciate it.

All the best,

Victoria

Alameda, California


By the way, millions of websites could use yours as a guideline on how to organize information and make the site user-friendly. Kudos to you!

Anonymous


Thank you for your very interesting and informative site!

Anonymous




Hi. I come to your site often looking for information. It is really informative and I appreciate it very much. I have RA and have been having considerable amount of foot pain...... Dee RN


Thanks very much for the wonderful informative site.

Catherine

New Zealand


Thank You for my answer! I have been schedule for a bone density scan, allingment, and I am in the process of getting orthotics made, and checking out the natural remedies. Thank again! What a great web site!

Sincerely

Josette


Yes I want both pair of orthotics. You don't have an option of ordering 2 at one time so I had to place the order twice. Thanks. My husband likes these and wants to put them in all of his shoes. (referring to Superstep orthotics)

Cindy H.

Arizona
I searched the internet everywhere for a clear description and illustration of my symptoms/problem. http://www.foot-pain-explained.com/ was where I ended my search with answers. If I lived in Jersey (left 30 years ago) and didn't live in Florida I would definetly make an appointment with Dr. Mitnick.

Thanks, Kathy

Florida
1st of all THANKS A LOT for your great site......

Anna

Poland
Thank you so much for your response. I will let you know how I am doing if you would like. Your website is awesome!

M P

South Carolina
Hello! I want to thank you for such an informative website! I found you based on my ankle pain search and am happy to realize that there may be a relatively simple cause and solution....

Natalie

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...Thanks for your fantastic service.

Gary

Arlington, VA


Thank you so very much, that would be much appreciated. I love those insoles, by the way. (referring to Superstep orthotics)

Kelly W.

San Clemente, CA


Dr Marc is fantastic...He seems to know exactly what you are feeling with the problems you are having. I wish he was in my home town so I could go to him with my problems!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pam

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Great insights! Thanks Doc, you're the best.

Glen

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I have been experiencing foot pain of various sorts and am working to figure out what it is. I found this site and can only say BRAVO!! What an excellent site! The time it must have taken to put all this together must've been a daunting task! I am sure it has helped so many people. Thank you so very much for doing this.

Bre

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Dr. Mitnick, Thank you so much for your reply. I did let my physician know and they took an x-ray - all is well! Also, thank you for providing this wonderful site, it is very helpful with lots of useful information! I appreciate your gift of time! God bless.

anonymous




Dr. Mitnick, Thank you, you were 100% correct. The pain finally brought me to the ER. I spent 8 days in the hospital. The Doppler you spoke of was able to show that there was no pulse in that foot. This was an arterial clot that split and traveled throughout my leg. My leg was almost amputated. I am in rough shape but have all my parts intact!! You certainly know what you are talking about. Thank you for taking the time to answer. Yours Truly!

anonymous




Staying at home after hallux surgery I spend quite a lot of time seaching info useful for avoiding problems which might come back. Today I found your site and I am .... delighted it happened. It's one of the best site I found last days.

Anna

Poland




Thanks for taking time to read and answer so many questions. It is truly a public service!

Esh

Seattle, WA


I just wanted to say that I am very greatful for this website!!

Bonnie

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Also, and importantly, just want to praise this web site. Thorough and thoughtfully presented, it certainly must be of considerable assistance to anyone with a foot problem. Terrific -- and very interesting.I trust the address comes up easily for those seeking information.

Bill

New Jersey




Thanks so much for answering my question. You've been more help to me than my own Dr. has been lately. Thanks again....I hope to be able to walk without pain someday.

Debbie

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Wow, that is exactly the information needed!!! thank you thank you thank you!!! I appreciate this help so very much from Marc Mitnick DPM. Excellent information and help to improve One's life.

Chrissy

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Thanks so much for this website Dr. Marc! It is so nice that you have this ask the doctor feature..I'm sure I'ts been helpful for alot of people. I will try what you suggested and see if it helps...thanks again!

Tracy

Evansville, IA




Dear Marc

I just want to say thank you for the quick response and the good info. I find it amazing and a super nice thing that you do here by answering medical questions at no charge.

Russ W.

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Your website is full of a lot of helpful information, and I am very impressed with the time in which you responded to my post. Thank you again for your time and consideration in your response.

-Sunny.

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Thank you very much for the information, I will consider it. Excellent web site.

Jackie

San Diego, CA




Dr. Mitnick, Just want to say thank you so very much for your quick response and very informative reply! After reading what you had to say, I called the doctor's office and was able to get in and see him the same day as my injury. Toe was x-rayed and luckily, it is not broken or fractured. Very badly bruised and will probably lose the toe nail. And although my toe and toe nail are still very black and blue and very sore, they ARE both starting to feel a little better. So again, thank you! I am so very happy that I came across your website. The service you provide is outstanding and immeasurable!

Rivi,

Albany, NY




Thank you so much for all of your advice. In searching the web for people dealing with this same issue i can tell you that you are a Knight In shining Armor! If I lived in Jersey I would gladly be your Spokesperson. Hopefully next time you hear from me it will be good news. God Bless,

Jill S.

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THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND EFFORTS, YOU ARE SO VERY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO.

Jackie

Whichita, KS




thanks again, this site is very helpful.

mark

Boston, MA




Like others have stated...This site is amazing and I am so thankful that it was created.

....Keep up what your doing. Your a life saver.

Michelle

Colorado




Thanks again for the information provided on your site. It's easy for non-medical folk to understand your writing, and helps provide better communication between patient and doctor.

annielou

Colorado


Wonderful advice

by: Anonymous

This is the best site for foot problem info.


Thank you for this information. This description fits my pain and inflammation behind my 2nd toe perfectly.

by: Max

location unknown
Again, I really appreciate that you responded to my inquiry, and that your mention of Parkinson's helped me to find my way to a diagnosis of this difficult to diagnose disease. Most patients see on average 16 doctors before they are diagnosed. I hope that you can help other people that ask for your expertise in the future.

Barb D.

Canada
I just wanted to say that I am very greatful for this website!! I have had a fusion in my rt foot and am finally getting a little bit better......

Bonnie

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Again, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to answer my question....your an angel!

Nancie

Wisconsin
Thank you for your response. You have provided some great insight (to my question)....

Julie

location unknown
Thank-you so very much for responding so quickly and in such detail to my question!! I will give my surgeon a call today!! This website is terrific!!!! Thank-you again!

Renae

North Carolina
Many Thanks Dr Marc!
Thank you for your response. It sounds like a good plan to me. He did not cut the wart out first ...

KG

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Thanks again doc for having this website and we STILL need qualified Podiatrists in beautiful sunny Tampa Bay (Bradenton) Florida.

Bessie Mae

Florida
Dear Dr. Mitnick, Thank you so very much for taking your time to answer my question. You have greatly relieved my anxiety related to the continual tingly I feel in my feet. I will share your response with my podiatrist next week. God bless you for having this question and answer page on your website! Most gratefully,

Lynne T.

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Your webpage is excellent, I commend you on sharing your knowledge to the public.

Robert

New Jersey


Thank you. you were more detailed than what others have told me they finally called from the last xrays and my son is now in a cast for 2 weeks he did have a fracture that was not noticeable.

a mom

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I have read your website and I have to admit that I am amazed at all the information that is on here. I have learned more than the three years I have been going to several doctors that I have seen!!

Melody

Lenoir, NC


Thank you so much Doc for a quick and thorough response!

Rustam

Bellevue, WA


I cannot thank you enough for your response, opinion, and suggestions! I want you to know how much it means to me, and I'm sure everyone else who has ever asked you a question! I feel like you're a lifesaver and have empowered me to take a stronger role and stand up for myself and my feet!

Jodi

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