Well I will answer all the suggested questions before telling you about the bone scan- so I am sorry if this is a little long..
My left foot is stiff on top both directly in front of the ankle and on top of forefoot. It feels most stiff when deliberately pointing my foot or pressing down as in running. Is is ok with flexion. The back of my left ankle towards the inside also hurts a bit when I point my foot a lot (I do ballet- not on pointe shoes though).
This has been going on since the first or second week of September.
The pain is mild. Mostly stiffness. It gets better with activity though there is a definite weakness in this foot/ankle as compared to the right one because things like balancing on one foot or pirouettes (turning on one leg on pointed toe) are more difficult and now verging on dangerous because of mild instability.
What started this, and what continues to aggravate it, I am pretty sure, is single legged jumps and going all the way up on demipointe- as far as I can. Both these activities require going way up high on the tippy toes with the top of the foot virtually perpindicular to the ground- so really stretched foot while the toes are really at right angles to the foot. For the single leg jumps, I just wasn't strong enough to do it but I did it anyway. (just ignorance) Then I started stretching my feet much more than usual to try to help things and that could have made it worse. But I never forced stretching- just pointing and flexing as hard as I could using my own muscles.
I should also say that since this happened, I have been looking more closely at my feet and my left foot is much weaker than my right foot and I would guess that it always has been this way- for ex, very little control over my baby toe and even the other 3 toes as compared to my right foot.
Skipping dance class relieves the pain but ofcourse I don't like doing that. I skip class, then go back, playing cat and mouse, but overall, it has gotton worse.The arch is now beginning to feel kindof stiff.
My doctor (GP) doesn't know. I had an xray a couple of weeks ago and it did not show a stress fracture or anything else.
I live in Canada.
So I got the bone scan today! They did both feet at the same time. The technician wouldn't tell me what she thinks. I have to wait a week for the results to be gven to my GP. I can't wait the suspense is killing me!
Because, and this is what is really bothering me:
I could see the "pictures" on a screen above the scanner and my left foot was much brighter than my right foot!!. The screen showed the scan from the top and the bottom. The top scan showed more of my metatartsal bones. All the metatarsals of my left foot were much brighter than on my right- no big "hot spots" that I could see but all the bones were just much lighter!! why would that be????
The scan showing the foot bottoms also differed. On my left foot there was a big glowing "hot spot" about an inch in diameter around the inner side of the ankle. (In the same location as where it hurts when I point really hard) But nothing like that on the right foot.
I am a little freaked out! What could this mean? Could it just (hopefully) mean that the bones in my left foot are under more stress for whatever reason so they are laying down so much new bone that they are glowing like that? I mean, does accelerated growth that is not necessarily bad also show up on bone scans? Or is all accellerated growth bad?
Thank you for answering. I am sorry this is so long a post.