Pain on Top of Foot
(Redondo Beach, CA)
I have a big concern. I’m really worried that I am wearing out my feet and will have to stop playing basketball, which is a great passion of mine. I'm 50 years old and in good physical shape. I exercise twice a week and play full court basketball twice a week. I wear well fitted court shoes and take all of the recommended soft tissue supplements.
I have injured the top interior area of my left foot where the big toe bends to jump or to do an exercise such as a pushup. This is the same injury that I have had twice on the right foot in the past few months. As with those injuries, there was no specific event that precipitated it. I felt a slight twinge after working out on Friday, felt it getting a little sore while walking that night and then woke up Saturday morning unable to walk.
I have it wrapped, am icing regularly and am now taking ibuprofen. It is still killing me five days later!
I previously went to a podiatrist for the previous right foot injury and he misdiagnosed it as gout (after blood tests tec). I have kept the low uric acid diet in mind. I keep a strict record of my intakes and exercise and it doesn’t seem to be diet-based. Is this tendinitis?
I'm really concerned and would appreciate your comments.
I would be very curious as to the condition of the big toe joint as seen on x-ray. In your age range there is a very good chance that you either have a fair amount of arthritis in the joint which is aggravated when your athletic or there is a ligament problem in the joint from over-stretching of the joint.
My best advice, go see a different podiatrist.
Marc Mitnick DPM