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Nerve shocks on the heel

by Al


Over the last 3 months I have been experiencing shocks coming from my inner heel after landing heavily on it.

The best description of it would be as if a nerve is made to tingling or tickle the moment weight goes onto it.

I can walk on the balls of my feet fine, and I get no soreness from my plantar fascia and it only happens when pressure is applied to the top inner corner of the heel.

Looking at the above picture it appears like it is one of those nerves at the back that branch onto the heel.

It is not painful, just unpleasant more like being pricked with a needle. However I have been walking on the front of my foot to avoid triggering it off. Every week or so I try a day walking on it to see if it is better but it seems to not change.

My doctor said there appeared to be nothing wrong with my foot and that it is perhaps swelling putting pressure on my nerve and that it should be gone within 4 weeks. However this was 2 months ago and I am now getting concerned. I have been thinking of not walking on it at all for 6 weeks in the hope that it goes away, whilst using Ice and anti inflamatories. Is this a good idea or does walking on it help?

Hi Al,
Read my article on
heel neuroma
. This is a treatable condition and after two months of no relief it would seem to me that it is not going to go away by itself.
If you try and walk differently to avoid pressure on the heel , eventually you will develop pain elsewhere on the foot or even your leg.
You will need to see a footspecialist who can first confirm the diagnosis and then you may want to try anti-inflammatory medication.
Marc Mitnick DPM

Thanks, Al

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never ending pain in foot

by Karen

I have had xrays,and they dont show anything wrong.But for the last year I have had constant aching in my foot,and its at the point now ,where I rarely can sleep because it is SO much worse at night.The best way to describe the non stop aching is,that its a dull ache and it feels like its my whole foot.It doesnt hurt half as much when I have shoes on or as long as I am moving.I find it very difficult to walk on that foot without shoes.And it hurts more when I am just standing in place,or sitting,but definetly the very worse at night in bed.And no matter what I do,I cannot get comfortable enough to sleep.PLEASE help! I only got 1 hr. of sleep all night last night.Thank you!!!

Hi Karen,
I am probably stating the obvious when I say your foot needs further investigation. An x-ray alone is sometimes not enough to rule out pathology. Your next step would be an MRI. I do not know your age, or occupation, or anything else about your medical history but a constant aching in the foot, going on for a year, you need to rule out other sources of the pain such as neurological and vascular.
Be proactive about your problem, see a foot specialist and let he or she work you up covering all aspects of the potential source of your pain. Pain for over a year is not normal.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Jul 13, 2008
Inactivity and Pain
by: Ronald Griest

You could have my feet. I am at the point that I hate to sit down for any length of time at all. Trying to sleep on my back is useless. Even the pressure of the covers starts my right foot to throbbing. Getting back on my feet after sleeping, driving, or watching even 10 minutes of TV in the recliner is killer. I truly feel your pain

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hammertoe surgery recovery..

I am 19 years old and ive decided to have toe surgery as well as the doctors decision. I have my surgery in november 2010. The problem is, i am a volleyball athlete in college. My question is since i jump alot in volleyball as a hitter, by having my surgery in november, will i be good enough to workout again by end of february 2011? Estimated guess? I know it dependson my body too. But i really need the surgery. They said they are just removibg the littke piece that cobnects my joints which will flatten n straighten my toe . It will only be my first two toes after my big toe on both feet.

I do not think any one can give you any guarantee as to when you will be able to return to volleyball.
Assuming you are a quick healer, you might be able to return to play, but do not be surprised if you have some tenderness in the toes during and after the game and do not be surprised if your toes swell up somewhat.
Possibly splinting the toes during games may go a long way in reducing your discomfort.
I would recommend you speak to your surgeon regarding specifics of your recovery.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Jan 08, 2011
What is really important?
by: Steve Hagen

If you place demands upon your body before it is healed enough to deal with them you risk creating new issues that will take longer to recover from.
Just being able to walk without pain and perform
normal daily routine activities is enough for the
body to readjust to especially when feet carry all
of the weight of the body. Sports are fine if everything is up to normal activity levels. Extra
demands are going to stress the muscles/joints
beyond what they're ready for. Gradually ease back into sports. In the end you'll perform better because your body was ready!

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morton's neuroma post surgery

I had surgery for morton's neuroma 10 1/2 months ago. Surgery was done from the top. I'm still experiencing stinging pain (it feels like tiny electric shocks or pins & needles)in my foot. Even though I'm still feeling this my Dr. told me to resume to all normal activities. He said I'm healing normal & everything is fine. Can't feel any scar tissue everything is soft. I'm having a hard time beleiving this. Is this normal for me to still have this type of pain after all this time?

At ten months this surgery should be a distant memory. The pins and needles feeling suggests that there is still neuroma tissue that was not totally removed. This is known as a stump neuroma. (read my section on Morton's neuroma).
I would suggest you see another doctor; do not be quick to consent to additional surgery as there are less invasive treatments available that should be tried first, such as denatured alcohol injections or perhaps even orthotics.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Mar 15, 2011
Post surgery
by: Anonymous

I had neuroma surgery in Nov. more pain now than before surgery! Electrical pain..cannot touch bottom of foot without being jolted! Can only wear thick socks and tennis shoes. Wondering what can be done.

Mar 05, 2010
post surgery pain
by: Anonymous

I had surgery on my foot for Morton's neuroma plus had two toes straightened and pins put in them to straighten them. I still feel stringing/tingling pain in the area of the neuroma and wonder if it will every go away. I have had two cortisone injections which seemed to help a little, but not for long and not very much. I am discouraged.

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i am 8 months pregnant and my right heel of my foot is very painful when i put pressure on it

by Kris

recently the pain has been getting worse and worse, hard to walk on or even put pressure on it. the further along I get hte worse the pain and it is sometimes effecting my ankle

Hi Kris,
Two things happen in pregnancy that adversely affect the feet. One is weight gain. The more weight you put on , the more stress to the feet.
Secondly, hormonal changes associated with pregnancy also can cause foot problems.
The best advice I can give you, is if the pain is getting worse, may an appointment with a local podiatrist and get an accurate evaluation and some treatment.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Dec 06, 2010
by: L.

sorry not tumor, but blood clot.... I ended up with a SUPERFICIAL BLOOD CLOT... Thanks.

Dec 06, 2010
by: L.

Hello. On 11/19 I was in training. While in training my right-outter leg was hit. Long story short, I ended up with a " superficial Tumor " on my inner lower ankle. Two days later 11/21, I got out of bed to the WORST pain I have ever felt on the bottom of my foot. As I con't to walk the pain got worst. Well the pain has now began to move up from the middle of my foot to now cover the middle and entire lower foot/hill. I can't apply press. The pain is out of control. Have been on bed rest for the past 5 days and its hurting even as I lay here? OMG, PLEASE HELP ME!

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by AEC

I have total numbness in left big toe, which tends to feel like it is spreading over the whole foot sometimes. It is the same sensation as when you sleep on your arm in a funny way and wake up and cant feel it at all - thats exactly what its like excpet its in my toe! It is also a slightly cold sensation but my feet are not cold to the touch.
I have great circulation - i have had no trauma recently - I only have it in one foot!
GP checked my reflexes etc and says there is no need to worry - guesses at a trapped nerve but there is NO PAIN! Just numbness....

The past couple of days my entire leg has been feeling tingly too from time to time.

I also have a sensation in certain patches of skin across my back of sever sunburn, but no marks or patches?!
I wonder if it is related?
Any ideas???!?!?!?

Based on all your complaints I might be inclined to either look at your lower back as the source of this nerve pain, or local irritation of the nerve around the toe. The most important thing to look at is your circulation. Besides having good pulses, check the color of the toe; does it ever turn pale, or get very blue in color? A circulatory problem with the toe would be my biggest concern. I would recommend you get another opinion from a doctor who specializes in foot problems.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Dec 04, 2008
i got the same prob
by: beb

i got the same numbness symptom n i couldnt find wats up with my toe. checked my circulation n also the color of my toe. looks normal to me. wats going on with my leg. its bugging me

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ligament or nerve pain on top of ankle

by Greg
(Seattle, WA)

I've had a herniated disc in my L4/L5 for a while now. I've received steroid injections and been doing stretches for a few years now. I have had radiating nerve pain down my leg, however I've never had this pain on the top of my foot/ankle. just recently I started feeling a pain (about 8 on 1-10 scale) on the top of my foot/ankle. I feel it's related to my nerve pain due to herniated disc but can't say for sure. I'm worried the herniated disc is starting to cause permanent damage to my nerves. I've avoided surgery because of the horror stories I've heard about seemingly simple procedures putting people out for 6 months and not even fixing the issues or creating more issues. Can you give me an educated guess as to what the issue may be(arthritis?)...I completely understand that without a hands on diagnosis this would be difficult.

Hi Greg,
The most common cause of pain in the area you describe would be tendonitis of the tendons that allow the toes to bend upwards. This may be due to nothing more than a change in your gait because of your herniated disc. An exam by a doctor should be able to rule out any other source of pain.
Marc Mitnick DPM

I'm 35, not overweight and try to stretch daily

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May 29, 2009
I agree completely
by: Anonymous

I read your comments with great interest. I am suffering with the same pain on the top of my foot and have the disc problem also with pain radiating down my leg long term. Had the injections and do the stretches long term. I am curious as to what the solution is. Hopefully something simple and not surgical. I'm headed to my MD in the next couple of days. Thanks for sharing your problem. It was a great relief to know I am not alone. I am highly interested in a non surgical solution as I am sure you are

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Lump under ankle...

by andreasmom

Hi, I'm a 29 year old female. About a month ago, I noticed a small cyst or lump on the side of my right foot below my ankle. It feels a little bigger than a pea. I have twisted the ankle a couple of times in a certain pair of flip flops I have. When I push in on the lump, it is kind of firm and feels "boney." I seen a dermatologist about it, but she said it felt "boney" and not of the skin. She felt it was a little small to be a ganglion cyst, but really didn't know what it was. She suggested seeing a PCP or orthopedic doctor. I really don't know what kind of doctor I should start with. I'm hoping it is something benign, but if not, I don't wanna have something biopsied that could be malignant. Any ideas as to what kind of lump this probably is? Where should I start first as far as doctors go? Thanks....

Before you start writing your own obituary go see an orthopedist or a podiatrist. Bony prominences are very common in the foot and ankle. Soft tissue growths such as ganglion cysts are also very common.
Some need to be treated, others are best left alone, but you need to see someone who understands the anatomy, I do not think that someone is a dermatologist.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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May 07, 2012
by: Anonymous

just seen it could be a ganglion cyst, but still getting it check out.

May 07, 2012
pain and lump in ankle
by: dody

didnt find out much. wish i could. going to my doctor tomorrow. hope i will know then.

Nov 18, 2009
any news?
by: Anonymous

poster, did you find out any more, because I seem to have the exact lump that you described, just below the ankle, a little bigger than a pea, firm like a bone, but movable. I'm worried and was wondering if you found out anything that could help me

Jul 04, 2009
by: Anonymous

LOL Ok thanks! ;)

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I dropped weight on my big toe

by Ivan


About 1 month ago I dropped 2kg weight on my right big toe.
I didn't go to doctor right away but it got swollen and bruised.
The bruised disappeared for about 3-4 days but swollen after 1-2 weeks.
But now my right big toe is little bigger than the other and has little bump on top of it.
Infront the joint of my big toe and when I try bending it it with force it hurts but If I only bend it myself without force it doesn't hurt.

Should I go take a X-RAY?


Hi Ivan,
You probably do not need me to actually answer that question, but yes you need to have an x-ray. In most cases of trauma the affected area will gradually get better as time goes on, eventually it will stop hurting.
Foot trauma and foot pain in general take longer to heal than injuries on other parts of the bottom for the simple reason that every time you walk you are basically re-injuring an injured area. This is compounded by the fact that gravity causes the foot to stay swollen longer than say a hand injury.
In your particular case it sounds like the injury may actually be worsening, so this is a cause for concern.
I cannot tell you if you fractured a bone in your toe or not, only an x-ray will tell you that. If there is a break in the bone, it needs to be treated. Contrary to popular myth, there is treatment for broken toe bones.
If the toe is broken and not properly treated, you run the risk of having chronic pain in that toe.
So, get yourself an x-ray to see what is actually going on with your toe and then get some treatment to make it better.

Marc Mitnick DPM

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Hammertoe? Claw foot?

by Susan

Approximately 8 months ago I started to develop a callus on the ball of my right foot. I had no previous foot pain ever. Orthotics were tried as well as cortisone injections. As time went by, my 2nd toe started to claw under and it also started veering to the left. My knuckle of the toe was enlarged. This all happened in a 8 month period of time. My diagnosis was hammertoe but isn't hammertoe supposed take along time to develop? If so, why didn't I ever have any problems?

Hi Susan,
In most cases hammertoes take years to develop. I do not know your age, but the older you are the quicker they may develop (since they are an arthritic condition, they occur more frequently the older we are).
The other possibility is a certain pair of shoes that may have been too short forcing your toe to "bend".
Lastly, if there is severe inflammation on the bottom of your foot, the increased level of swelling at the metatarsal-phalangeal joint (ball of the foot) may have caused an abnormal position of the toe at that point which is then further exacerbated by shoes thus causing the mallet toes.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Apr 02, 2009
Another question
by: Susan

In response to your response of my question, I am 53 yrs old. I wear sensible, wide, low heeled shoes that had orthotics in them for approx 4 months. Even with that, my toes got worse and more inflammed. I also went to wearing an orthotic shoe but still the toe deteriorated. At the time of surgery, it was stated by the surgeon that when the toe was opened, much debris was expelled from the toe. Can this happen in the timeframe of when I began to feel the pain, June 2008 to Jan 2009? Is there a possibility that these conditions progress that rapidly?

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missing toenail

by brian doyle
(Kincardine ontario canada)

Hi: I had a toenail torn off on middle toe of left foot - is there a splint available to cover the toe to protect it against possible contact? What is the best method of treatment for this type of injury? Thx.

Hi Brian,
The best treatment is to wash the toe with soap and water, apply an antiseptic like bacitracin and a bandaid for 7-10 days. At that point the skin underneath will have hardened up and will be no more sensitive that your other toes.
If you should start to notice oozing, or increased redness or swelling, you will have to see a doctor as those are signs of infection.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Aug 23, 2010


Jul 01, 2009
by: Anonymous

I had a toenail permanently removed about 7 months ago. In regards to the comment that the skin on your toe will be no more sensitive than you others after just 7 days, I would have to disagree. The skin that was once under the toe nail of my big toe is still hypersensitive to this day. It has healed well but the sensitivity has only dulled slightly. To this day if my dog steps on that toe I will scream. I just wanted you to know that the sensitivity may not go away.

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Hard, painful lump to top of foot.

by Kristi K

I am a runner and for several months have noticed a hard, fixed, painful lump on the center of the top of my foot (around the "N" point). It appears brused as it is slightly discolored and about the size of a peach pit. There has been no trauma that I can recall. It is painful with ROM (more with plantar flexion)and palpation. At first, I thought it was just time for a new pair of running shoes but it continuse to get worse despite changing shoes. I have been unable to find anything that accuratly describes my symptoms on line. Please help as I have a half marathon comming up.
Kristi K.

Hi Kristi,
The most common problem that I can think of that would occur in a runner would be a ganglion cyst, however, if you do not think it is ganglion, then you need to see a local podiatrist; since it hurts when you run I think your only option is to see a doctor if you want to run your half marathon.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Aug 02, 2010
by: kristi

Dear Dr. Marc,
Thank you so much for your timely reply. I saw my physician who confirmed your thoughts by stating she to thinks it is a "huge ganglian cyst". I have opted for time and naproxin vs. hitting it with a bible or surgical removal. Again thank you for your time and wonderful advice.

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I am scheduled for surgery for Morton's Neuroma

by Melissa
(Midlothian, Va, USA)

I'm not sure I have a neuroma, please help. I explained to the doctor I have terrible pain on the bottom of the foot down the middle when the widest part of my foot is sqeezed. I have no burning, tingling, or pain at any of the toes. That being said I also have terrible pain on the top of my foot. If I hold my foot up and twist my big toe (or the wide part of my foot behind the big toe)OR put pressure on the wide part of the foot behind the small toe there is sharp stabbing pain at the top of the foot towrd the ankle. The top of the foot pain is almost worse then the bottom. The doctor said the neuroma has nothing to do with the pain on the top of the foot and it may be my gait from the neuroma making the top of the foot hurt. After researching on your site I'm not sure I even have a neuroma and surgery is next Wednesday-what do I do? I don't want to have surgery and still have the horrible pain on the top of my foot.
Please help.

Hi Melissa,
Not all neuromas will give symptoms "exactly" as they appear in the literature. Having said that, has your doctor tried any other forms of treatment, particularly injections of either cortisone or denatured alcohol?
Before I would consent to surgery I would insist that other forms of therapy be tried.
I find in my practice, even if the particular injection does not rid the patient of the problem, the injections can go a long way in helping my confirm my diagnosis of neuroma based on how the patient responds to the treatment.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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May 21, 2009
DO NOT have that surgery!
by: Anonymous

I did and regretted it about a year afterwards. I had it done by a pediatrist and should have seen an orthopedic surgeon. He and others told me they ALWAYS grow back...and they do.

My best to you.

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Leg and foot pain after AIF

by Sondra
(Gulfport, Ms)

I had an anterior intrabody fusion L5-S1 3 weeks ago. About 1 week after surgery I started having pain going down my left buttock, leg and foot. My foot is extremely painful. It is very sensitive to touch. My toes are tingling and very painful. It feels like some one is taking a needle and stabbing it in my foot. My lower part of my leg is throbbing. I can't sleep. It hurts to walk. I have to keep a sock on my foot to keep things from rubbing it. What would cause this?


Hi Sondra,

This sounds like it is from an irritation of one of the nerves that comes out of the spinal column at the level of your spinal fusion.
This is a problem that needs to be brought to the attention of your surgeon immediately. The longer you wait, the greater the chance that you will have permanent pain.
The problem may be due to an issue with the surgery itself or may be just a result of inflammation as the result of surgery. Only your surgeon will be able to determine that.
Once the cause of the paresthesia (your sensations) is determined than appropriate care can be instituted.
I do not treat backs but depending on what your surgeon determines the source of the pain is coming from, he or she may elect to have you do nothing for the time being, to giving you oral anti-inflammatory medication, to possibly an injection in the area, to sending you for physical therapy.
The message to take away from this response is please call your surgeon immediately and be examined. The sooner this condition is address, the less likely of it becoming a chronic issue.

Marc Mitnick DPM

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mortons nuroma

by Scott
(Dillon CO)

Growing up in Minnesota and playing hockey from 1st grade to college along with skiing my entire life in tight skates and ski boots.....many times in below zero weather with some instances of frostbite at age 45 I'm now experiencing "sore feet" The pain is infrequent but typically spurred by wearing mtn. bike shoes, dirt bike boots or ski boots. The pain under my foot between the big toe and next toe is most common and hits the morning after activities mentioned above. Sometimes I get the pain on the side of my outside foot and rarely in my heels. I've been to a foot specialist who diagnosed Morton Nuroma. That makes sense when the pain is under my big toe and second toe but can't figure out the heel and side foot pain? Could it be a mixture of Plantars Flacia and Mortons Nuroma? I've recently purchased a couple pairs of orthodics which really seem to help but wondering what next steps I should take? Could I out grow this even at age 45???

Hi Scott,
I do not think these are conditions you "grow" out of particularly if you are still athletic. I am not so sure about the neuroma under your big toe because typically that is not where one will get a neuroma; there are other conditions that will cause pain under the big toe.
Your other problems are probably not related to the neuroma and sometimes when I see patients with multiple problems, each problem has to be dealt with individually.
If the orthotics are helping and you feel reasonably comfortable then you may not need further treatment, but if they are not giving you the type of relief you need to function athletically, then a trip back to the podiatrist would be indicated.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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numbness & pain in back, legs, and feet

by Lynnette

If I sit or stand a few minutes later my legs and feet start to get weak and painful to the point it hurts to walk. Mostly on my left side. It gets worse when I lay down. I will wake up in the night my bladder if full and my leg is crampings after I go to the bathroom the cramping in my leg lessons. If I lay on my left side my arm also starts to hurt and go weak. I've seen doctors and all they say is "that" strange I've never heard of that" and they do nothing.
Can you tell me what might be wrong and what type of doctor to see?
Hi Lynette,
Your problem is not coming from your feet but is highly suggestive of a herniated disk. I would advise you to have your back examined by a back specialist to rule that out.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Aug 30, 2011
back pain
by: bob

I have dealt with back pain for over 30years with 2 operations. This can help, sleep with a pillow under your legs or between your legs if you sleep on your side. If you can find a way to take the weight off your legs like hang from a tree with your arms and then slowly stand putting pressure slowly to your legs.

Dec 27, 2008
Me too
by: Anonymous

I have the same symptoms and they are getting worse. I can barely stand long enough to make my family dinner. Dr says hmmmmm?? I am at a loss. My right foot now actually burns and tingles. Everything is supposedly ok with my bloodwork. I have given up and I just deal with it.

"hmmmmm" is not a diagnosis I would pay good money for. Why not see another doctor, maybe and orthopedist or neurologist?
Marc Mitnick DPM

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lump or growth

by nazneen

i have growth/lump on the top of my right foot about one and a half inches from the middle toe. i have had this for the past 6-7 was a soft and palpable and caused no pain when's about one inch in diameter.but there is a pain under my foot just off the ball of the foot towards the arch.this growth did not cause any problem except when wearing tight fitting shoes, the shoe just felt tight on the right foot due to the growth.but suddenly today the growth/lump has become hard and is movable when pressed from the sides and it's very painful too. in fact there's a dull pain around the area even when not touched.please help.

Based on your description and you picture the most probable diagnosis would be a ganglion cyst. I am not so sure it is related to the pain on the bottom of your foot, but if it is very painful you should seek medical attention.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Oct 12, 2010
Lump on top of my right foot
by: Anonymous

I too have this Lump I noticed it when a friend was massaging my feet he ask me about the lump and I thought it was the muscle but in filling it it moved around it started to bother me.

Dec 24, 2009
lump and pain
by: Anonymous

I also have a lump on the top of my foot,it is very pain full right now.The work i do iam on my feet for 10 hrs a day.I did see a Dr.10years ago and he gave me a cortizone shoot but it never helped.should i go back again?

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Yours truly,

J.C. Forbes

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


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


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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 …….


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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.

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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.....


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,


West lafayette, IN
Dear 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.....


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.



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.


Dragica W.


....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!


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.


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.)


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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,


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!


Thank you for your very interesting and informative site!


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.


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!



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.

I searched the internet everywhere for a clear description and illustration of my symptoms/problem. 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

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


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


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....


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...Thanks for your fantastic service.


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!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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


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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.


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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.


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!


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.



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


Seattle, WA

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


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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.


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.


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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.


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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!


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.


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


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!


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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Whichita, KS

thanks again, this site is very helpful.


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.



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.



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

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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.

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......


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


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


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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!


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 ...


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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

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.


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!!


Lenoir, NC

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


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!


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