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My 9 year old daughter has struggled with foot pain for several years now. This started around age 5 or 6 and was intermittent so I called it "growing pains". However, after an xray showed a small circular area in the mid foot bone, we visited 2 podiatrists and a pediatric orthopedic specialist at Vanderbilt University. So far we haven't gotten a lot of answers. The last doctor ordered a bone scan of her foot to see if there was a calcification in the mid arch area. The scan was ok and they suggested blood work to rule out other issues. The blood work was fine so now they are suggesting an MRI of her back. Hers is mostly at night, only one foot and she wakes up shaking in tears from the pain. I give her ibuprofen and rubbed as best I could and after about an hour she usually calms down and goes back to sleep. I hate to see her in so much pain! She was very scared during the bone scan and does not want to have an iv to go to sleep for the MRI and she doesn't complain of back pain. Could this be related to the back? Her pain is in the mid foot region. Her second toe slightly overlaps her first toe, but we were told she would probably out grow that. Also, her foot that has pain (the left one) is about a half size smaller than the right. She is also has low arches but we don't seem to see a correlation between activity or shoe type and the pain. Any recommendations?? Thank you for your help, signed a very concerned mom :)Hi Virginia,Of course it is very difficult to make a diagnosis when I cannot examine the patient, but the one thing that jumped out at me in your explanation is the fact that you say she is flatfooted.When a person is flatfooted the muscles in the lower leg has to overwork, particularly if she is active during the day. It would not be a big stretch to suggest that the "overworking" of her leg muscles is causing her pain at night.Have you tried any kind of arch support. As a "test" I would purchase a pair of off the shelf orthotics (like the ones I have on my website) and have your daughter wear them during the day and see if it alleviates the pain at night. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. It is actually a very common occurrence in children who are excessively flat footed.I would also followup on the spot on her foot with an MRI just to make sure it is nothing.Marc Mitnick DPM
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Michael D. Ebeling
Tampa, Florida 33624
Thanks for a most interesting website, which has helped a lot.
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.
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You have an unusually clear, informative and well-written website for laypersons. Thank you for that.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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
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All the best,
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!
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