Foot very sore almost painful I have a high tolerance for pain but this is really bothering me
I am a very active women and in great shape was on my way to do a power walk when earlier (I think this may have been the time i hurt it though I didn't feel anything at the time only an hour later) Earlier i pushed a glass door open with my foot because my hands were full my right foot started to get sore by the time I got to my car to go for the walk it was very sore needless to say I drove home. I thought maybe I bruised it so I soaked my foot in Epsom salt (like to go the natural route before trying any over the counter pills) it is somewhat swollen and really bothers me but I figure if I can bend the foot i probably did not break anything. Will take some Alieve (which I had to borrow from my landlord since the only thing in my cabinet is aspirin) before I go to bed hoping it will be better in the morning . Any clue as to what I did? Thanks for your time! NancyRESPONSE
The problem with your narrative is you spent too much time telling me how the injury happened and virtually no time telling me where it hurts on your foot, or even if the soaking and Aleve helped.
So, I am kind of working blind here.
I will make the assumption that you had shoes on when you pushed the glass door open. Although, you do not mention it, I will assume the door did not slam on your foot. So, basically, I am assuming pushing the door open with your foot is something you have
done countless other times, but this time the foot started to hurt.
Because of this scenario the possibility of you having broken a bone are remote. The only way I could have seen that happening would be if you had been barefoot or if the door slammed on your foot and you do not mention either.
That leaves us with some time of soft tissue damage, soft tissue being anything but bone. If this is the case, then either you strained a tendon or you damaged a ligament. A ligament is small leather like structure that binds to bones together so that the bones basically stay in place.
Is the foot red or swollen in the area that hurts? Redness and swelling is a general indicator of the extent of damage you did to yourself. If the area is not terribly red or swollen then that could be taken as a good sign.
Does the foot hurt only when you walk or does it hurt even when seated? I would be concerned if it hurts even when seated.
Since I cannot imagine you creating enough force to tear a ligament or tendon just by pushing open a glass door, I will make the assumption that it is just a strain.
My suggestion would be to continue with the Aleve and warm soaks, perhaps even wrapping the foot for a couple of days. If this is indeed just a strain, then it should begin to improve in a few days. Obviously avoid the power walks as well.
If your problem does not improve substantially over the next couple of days, then it will be time to make an appointment with a foot specialist.
Marc Mitnick DPMDISCLAIMER