Yesterday the medial part of the ball of my foot started to hurt when I walked on it. I kept on thinking it felt like a bone was out of place and was hoping it would pop back into place (that's never happened to me, that was just my initial thought.) It was really sore when I pressed on it.
Last night I woke with it constantly hurting, even worse than before. The pain seems to originate not on the pad (bottom) part of the inner ball of my foot, but internally above or within the bone (I think it is where the metatarsal of the the big toe meets the sesamoid bone). It is very, very tender to the touch and warm. I can hardly walk on it -- I severly limp while I put all my weight on the outside of my foot to walk around the house. There's no way I could walk through a store or anything, it hurts that bad.
There was no obvious reason for this quick onset of signs/symptoms. It doesn't throb, but does have some stabbing pains sometimes, and hurts especially bad after I've sat down when I've hobbled to the kitchen or bathroom. It hurts more when I flex my foot (not point my toes like a dancer, but stretch my toes up towards the ceiling). If I stand still, I can put weight on it, but it hurts. It hurts more when I am moving, however.
I have no idea what this is. Last night with the sudden onset of chronic pain and heat, I was thinking blood clot. I do not excercise regularly -- so no stress fractures or bone chips. And like I mentioned, I don't recall any traumatic event to cause it. It hurts so bad even being stationary that I am taking pain killers and will probably have to get crutches if I want to go to work on Monday (desk job).
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It may be that you are describing sesamoiditis, but a sudden onset of pain for no discernibly apparent reason, accompanied by heat and possibly redness and inflammation might suggest acute gout or even infection. As you can probably understand, the diversity of possibilities does not easily lend itself to a relevant conclusion without a detailed history and examination which can only be provided by a trained professional. Certainly the prospect of an infection might present a mandate for immediate evaluation. Additionally, as is usually the case, recommendations for help can only reasonably be provided on the basis of an accurate diagnosis which would logically be forthcoming from such a professional. Certainly even the prospect of requiring crutches should dictate such a decision on your part to seek an examination. To intervene prior to that with recommendations based on conjecture and which may be inappropriate might be unwise. Severe restrictions of weight-bearing, elevation of the part and, unless there is some circulatory embarrassment or other tissue debilitating disease, conservative and careful applications of cold with strict attention to avoiding cold injury would generally be generically appropriate until real help can be obtained.
Oh my gosh, same thing happened to me! I woke up this morning with severe pain in the same location! Hurts worse when I sit for awhile then get up again! Can't walk hardly at all and limping and crawling upstairs at home! Red, some swelling and hot! Was fine yesterday and had no injuries! Heat makes it worse! Very tender and hurts to touch it or to move big toe at all! Took advil but still hurting and feels swollen! Did yours quit hurting? What did you find out if you went to the doctor!
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I had the exact same thing. Turns out my doc diagnosed gout. Gout?! I don't eat very much red meat, but apparently other stuff can bring it on.
So, if you found this on a google search, go see your doctor quick as you may have gout. Don't go to work and walk around on it as I did, cuz the pain gets worse! There's medicine that makes the gout go away (uric acid crystals). I was prescribed a medicine called colcrys. Its starting to feel better now in day 2. My doc said it should be better by tomorrow night if I keep taking the colcrys.