Advice for foot pain? Update

I'm hoping of you ladies (or gents) know what this is and know a way to deal with it. The past few weeks, every once in a while something toward the front of my foot, upper middle-ish, would shift or pop or do something, and it would hurt to walk on it for a few minutes. Today, I woke up with the pain and can't walk regularly at all. I can walk on the side of my foot, but when I step on the ball of my foot and step into my toes, there's a shooting pain in that same spot--it doesn't go into my toes, just that part of the foot and up toward my ankle. I can move my foot without a problem, all my toes, my ankle, I can touch my foot, but if I press into my hand with the ball of my foot, into my toes, oh boy. If I can avoid a doctor, that'd be nice, since I have two exams in the next two days and two articles due this week, and I'm going home Wednesday. Of course I'd injure myself without having a clue how.
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Maybe it's plantar fascitis. I've had this several times and it hurts! Here's a link that tells more about it and gives remedy advice.

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Maybe it's plantar fascitis. I've had this several times and it hurts! Here's a link that tells more about it and gives remedy advice.
Originally Posted by roseannadana
Does this only cause heel pain? That's all I can find in the article, but my heel/bottom of the foot doesn't hurt at all.
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I think plantar fascitis is mostly bottom of the heel pain.

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Hmm. My pain is the top of my foot, close to the toes in a line to the ankle. So that's not it.
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Mine was sometimes in the heel but mostly in the actual arch of the foot.

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Sesamoiditis perhaps? I've had that one and it does cause pain on the ball of the foot.

Also, here's a big list of foot ailments that might be helpful.
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Morton's neuroma maybe? I knew someone who had that.
Originally Posted by SuZen
I've had that before, actually. This isn't it. Then, I couldn't even touch the spot with my fingers, but I can handle my foot roughly, I just can't walk on it.

Sweetpickles, none of those seem like it either.

It's a bit worse today, and I'm weighing going to the health center. In just over a week, I'm going to my beau's parents' house for Christmas and a two week stay. I don't want to have to deal with this there, especially since we'll be doing walking for some touristy stuff, in honor of me.
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Just got back from the health center. As usual, they've managed to impress me with their severe lack of knowledge/advice. They don't know what it is. An x-ray won't tell them anything, so they didn't do one. I could: try flat shoes if it's a stress fracture or more supportive shoes if it's not. I could try icing it. I could try putting it up. I could try motrin. I could try ace bandaging it.

I showed her where the pain usually is. It's in two places, depending on how I'm walking. She said because the pain is "all over the place" it's too vague and she can't help.

Going there is such a waste of time. And I still can't walk.
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Is there any numbness or pain with tingling involved in the toes & ball area?
Is there any numbness or pain with tingling involved in the toes & ball area?
Originally Posted by Liz's loops
Nope. Toes and ball don't even hurt, either.
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I'm a good one for stumping doctors. I've given my primary a lot of firsts.
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It could possibly be Gout.

Gout is a common type of arthritis that occurs when an excessive amount of uric acid in the blood, tissues and urine crystallizes in the joints. People who have gout are unable to break down and excrete uric acid, a byproduct of digesting certain foods. It usually comes on suddenly, and can last from a few hours to several days. It can cause extremely sore toes or other areas of the foot, and because it frequently manifests itself in the big toe, it is also known as "gouty big toe". Another name is "gouty arthritis". Gout can also appear in an ear, heel of the hand, small hand joints, ankles, knees, elbows, or wrists with inflammation, swelling and intense pain from the build-up of uric acid crystals. Uric acid is the end product of the metabolism of a class of chemicals known as purines. In people with gout, the body does not have enough of the digestive enzyme uricase, and, as a result, uric acid builds up and crystallizes. Left uncontrolled, excessive excretion of uric acid in the urine can lead to the development of painful kidney stones, kidney disease, and even kidney failure.
My grandmother had gout. You couldn't touch the affected area. There's no swelling on me at all, and I can be pretty rough in handling my foot, I just can't step on the front of it.
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I had pain like that last year. I was walking on the side of my foot for months. My doctor said 'take ibuprofen' ... well I was on prescription levels and not helping. finally they sent me to get orthotics ... pricey pricey. But the man there was great. He explained the anatomy of my foot and that I had and extra bone in the ball of my foot. I guess it is not all that uncommon. This is what had become inflamed. my orthotics were designed to take the pressure off this area while providing proper arch etc. support. I couldn't afford the sports (every day) pair and the dress shoe pair so have lived in running shoes for a while but now NO FOOT Pain and I have switched from power walking to running (about 6 weeks ago). I now run 17 minutes without pain.

If you can afford it (or it is covered by insurance) and don't mind wearing running shoes and flat shoes, orthotics can be great. Just be sure to go to a good place. I went to a lab in Ottawa ON that specializes in sports related foot injuries and was highly recomended by friends (including some who run marathons). there are 2 in my hometown ... both NOT recommended even by the shoe stores.

Good luck!
My orthopedist at home is amazing. If this is still going on when I finally get back to town, I'm going to give him a call. He found extra bones in my brother's foot, too, but those were near his arch. He's had both removed, because they kept breaking. Thanks for the advice!
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