(Colorado Springs, CO)
I experience extreme pain on the right outside side of my foot when I step. With each step I take the pain grows worse and worse. When I step or move my foot the pain extends to the middle of my foot and surrounding parts of the injured area on my foot. The pain I am experiencing is almost identical to that which I experienced a few years ago when I hurt my foot, had it x-rayed, and was informed that I had a Jones Fracture. I don't think it ever really healed right. Ever since then I experience that same pain on the side of my foot from time to time. This time however the pain is way worse and isn't going away, but rather, getting worse with each step. It hurts so bad. I went to the ER today though and they took an x-ray and said there was no break. They said to just ice it and take ibuprofen. I have to admit I'm a little annoyed and dissatisfied with this analysis seeing as it doesn't solve the problem that I can't walk. Also, there has to be something wrong with my foot right? Random pain like this doesn't just happen out of nowhere for no reason? I didn't do anything to it, so it can't be bruised or inflamed from being hit. The only thing I can think of is maybe I landed on it funny when doing a workout that involved jumping jacks the other night. It's been a few days now and the pain is just getting worse. What could it be? What should I do??? Also, something weird that occurs, the more
steps I take, and the more pressure I put on it, my foot starts to feel like there's a bump or rock in my shoe. Sometimes that bump moves around to other parts of my foot too. But there is never anything in my shoe. Just my foot. And the pain is excruciating. Alright, so that's all. What is wrong with my foot? Please help! Thanks!
Sometimes a fracture will not show up initially on xray, it can take upwards of ten days to detect small fractures, so one option would be to have it xrayed again in a week or so. If you suspect fracture you would also be wise to be in a surgical shoe as that would take stress off the bone and should make it feel better.
Other considerations for pain in that area would include a subluxed cuboid (you can read about it on my site) and irritation of a tendon that passes down along the outside of the foot and then makes a quick turn (in that area) and goes down under the foot. This tendon, the peroneus longus tendon can be irritated where it makes that sharp turn.
I think perhaps your best bet would be to see a foot specialist for a more accurate diagnosis as I find the expertise of the ER doctors are generally limited when it comes to the nuances of different types of foot pain.
The bump or rock that you mention may be from the swelling that is occurring secondary to the irritation.
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