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The response to the question below was authored by Marc Mitnick DPM
Extremely Painful Foot
(Marion, Montana USA)
After a pick-up game of basketball in which I did tumble hard to the floor, I developed a twinge in my right foot mid arch-outside. After about an hour that twinge did change to a gimp. I stopped playing and about 2 hours after that I was limping bad with much more than a twinge of pain. About five hours later that twinge had become full blown pain, persistent and undenighable. I tried rubbing, ice, elavation, massage, cream, no let up. It continued to get worse over next few hours, pain like someone was performing medevil needle torture on my foot. At 5 am I hobbled to my truck and drove to the emergency room. They did general bone xrays that came back negative. The ER Doc did try alieve the pain by doing 3 multi injections of Marcaine, a local anistetic like Novacaine. No relief at all from those injections, could have become slight bit worse. They referred me to a ortho clinic an hour later. I saw a foot specialist there, she was puzzled and consulted with two other ortho doctors. They said they were worried about "compartment syndrome" of the foot, so they orderd a mri of my foot. That scan plus an additional scan with contrast was negative. To make sure the Doc inserted a needle(large) into bunch of different locations of my foot taking measurements of pressures inside: negative, all numbers well within normal range. Then I was told after they consulted that they believed all was from a spinal injury, slipped disc, ruptured/bulged disc etc. Referred to back specialist...
The only advice I can give you is that one of the doctors has to first determine where the pain is coming from and then treat it accordingly. The thing that bothers me is that the potential diagnosis is "all over the place", initially the foot, then the leg and now the back.
Assuming it is not coming from your back and all the xrays and MRI were normal, then I would suggest wearing a cast, possibly going with crutches in an effort to allow the foot to heal. But of course, discuss this with your doctor.
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