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Old 17th June 2008, 08:27 PM
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I have had a fairly severe pain on the bottom of my foot. It's on the pad of the foot somewhere near the 3rd or 4th toe. It feels swollen--almost like I'm walking on a balled up kleenex or something. I was squeezing around on it this morning and I can almost feel a small knot between two toes, near the base of the toes.

I have been reading about Morton's neuroma, but don't know if that's it. I have no tingling or anything like that. I am going to my podiatrist, but they can't get me in for over a week. In the meantime, should I use heat or cold to make this feel a little better??
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Old 18th June 2008, 07:58 PM
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It would be foolish and irresponsible to offer even a temporary treatment recommendation without having any idea as to the diagnosis. Though I certainly cannot suggest that you don't have one, I have never known of a Morton's neuroma that can be felt by external palpation. I would recommend waiting for an actual diagnosis from the podiatrist whom you are about to see before attempting any treatment based entirely on guesses.
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Just wondering if you got any real answers from your doc. I have the same symptoms and it has been hurting a lot lately. I will be calling my doctor tomorrow....
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Old 1st September 2009, 06:22 PM
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That sounds alot like what I had and I figured it was Plantar faciatis....basically inflammation of the plantar tendon/ligament on the bottom of the foot. I read alittle bit about it, then went and got a 'dorsi-flex' boot that I slept in. It basically stretches your foot up, so like your foot is flat on the ground then you pull foot up toward shin. I wore it for a week and it fixed the pain. You can also get a special sock you wear to bed that has a long extensions off the toe and you wrap ends around your knee/calf and tie off.
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That sounds alot like what I had and I figured it was Plantar faciatis....
Clearly, the description given by the original poster offered nothing that might in any way be confused with plantar fasciitis, and what you have suggested would not be a reasonable treatment for the condition described by that questioner. But, in any event, it is terribly unlikely that someone who posted a single question 2 1/2 months ago would be still checked this site for a response.
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Just wondering if anyone has a diagnosis for the pain in the pad of the foot as described above as I suffer the same pain and have not been able to find out any info thanks Linda
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Old 7th October 2009, 02:03 AM
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More than likely it's PF, plantar fasciatis. I could be neuroma's also, my mother had those alot and had to have surgery. Mine was PF, but I wore a walking boot all of Sept. and also wore my dorsiwedge night splint while sleeping and my pain is almost gone. I also used a heat/massage wand to increase blood flow to areas--then massaged with my hands. Alot of this is common sense. Did you have an event or accident that suddenly caused the pain or continuous walking/running that could be aggravating foot?
You may want to get an xray if you had an accident. I did this just to rule out any broken bones.
If I were you, I'd apply ice if there's any swelling. When the swelling goes away, then you can apply heat and massage area. I would also get a device like the night splint that dorsi-flexes the foot while sleeping...this helped me tremendously. My Dr. said that podiatrists mainly want to give cortizone shots first, then try something else once the pain comes back. Waste of time in my opinion unless you have a very low pain tolerance. Good luck....
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I also have what feels like a wad of tissue on the pad of my foot. I am diabetic and my sugar is not under control. I work 90 hours a week. During the day shift I am moving or standing quite a bit but when I work the overnight shift, I am sitting almost all night. When I look at the pad on my foot, it looks normal but feels very strange. I have spent all kinds of money on special shoes for diabetics and always end up going back to payless for the same kind of shoes I have always bought that are comfortable. I have no insurance to go see a podiatrist and any advice would be welcome.
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It may well be a diabetic neuopathy. It may or may not help this particular condition, but you need to get your surgar under control. You cannot take your diabetes to a doctor, lay it on his desk and tell him to fix it and you'll pick it up when it's ready. Diabetes is a condition which needs intensive patient understanding and cooperation. YOU have far more to do with its control and status than does your doctor.
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Hi footdoctor,

Just wondering if you can shed any light on my situation. The pad of my right foot say between the big & 2nd toe becomes extremely painful after I spend any significant time walking on it, it gets so bad I can hardly stand on it or put any pressure on it, it feels numb inside my footware and only gets better when I take my shoe/runner off and message it.

I can't feel any lumps or anything just the bone ( both feet feel the same but there's no lain on the left). Thanks for any advice you can give.
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Old 2nd April 2011, 11:57 PM
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I am new to the forum. I see the questions, but where are the docs replies?
I have the swollen, 'cotton' feel behind my Right toes. My sports medicine doc does not seem to know anything about it?? Where can I get info. on this?
At this point, NOTHING seems to help!
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I have similar pain in pad of right foot, just to right of big toe (behind second toe), and numb toes at times. No inflamation obvious, just sore when walked on, as the foot bends and weight is put on the "ball" of the foot. Ouch!
Walk a lot in job; 8 hrs on feet. Went to Dr. with a previous pain, 8 mo.s ago. Gave me Cortizone shots - 2 in 2 wks= felt great after that, but that was before I started this "standing" job.


Nurse neighbor suggested ice packs and put legs "up" at night. That has been best solution so far, not total.... alittle discouraged (and suspisious) by other's lack of "specialist" remendy..... save me a few $40 co-pay's and buying $$$ expensive shoes.
Live w/ "some" pain...... for now?
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Old 20th July 2011, 03:07 PM
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I too have this same pain...I don't think it's PF as I've experienced that before and this is a new pain. It has been progressing slowly over the last several weeks to the point where it's sore to stand on. Same numbness feeling like standing on a cottom ball and pressure pain all around the 'pad' of the foot. Very sore to touch and slight swelling but no abnormal redness or lessions of any kind. I was thinking maybe arthritic pain in a toe joint, but I have no history of arthritis anywhere else. I am a runner and always where good running shoes specific to my foot dynamics...this has me stumped! ( no punn intended...LOL)
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Same issue as described in the first post. It feels like a cotton ball is under my 2nd and 3rd toes on my left foot. It also looks as if these toes are spreading apart. I've never noticed this space / gap before. Any suggestions on treatment are appreaciated.
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Old 12th August 2011, 09:22 PM
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I have the same issue, ball of foot pain behind big and second toe. It has been diagnosed as metatarsalgia. Therapy, orthotics, and a cortisone shot have not helped. After x-rays, I am now looking at bunion and corrective surgery because apparently my bunion is putting pressure on the metatarsal of my second toe, pushing it down and creating pain. I am also developing a callus on the area behind the second toe and have swelling on the top and bottom.
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Thanks. I've had the pain for about a month. I guess I'll give it a few more weeks and if it doesn't get better i'llgo see my Doctor.
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Old 17th August 2011, 11:08 PM
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I have this same problem. This is actually the second time I have had it and I believe the outcome is goign to be the same with this second one. the first time 8 years ago, my foot swelled and felt like I was walking on a stuffed sock and the pain was pretty darn good. It came and got really bad and then it started getting better, but my second and third toes started changing their shape. one culled up and looks like hammer toe and the other one got wider and they spread apart. the pain would come and go and the bump or knot would get big and then shrink but one day after a couple of years with it like that it kind of popped! I was walking barefoot and I stepped on a rock and felt an extremely painful pop feeling is all I can call it.

That was 8 years ago and now my right foot is doing the same thing and it is very painful. and my second and third toes are slightly spreading apart just like before. I would really like to find the answer to this question.

I walk on the sides of my feet it hurts so bad and that is hurting everything else up my ankles and legs and knees. My left foot still hurts. I was told it was hammer toe but why does it still hurt 8 years later. However, it does not swell anymore.

If someone knows please post the answer. It is nice to know others have the exact same thing. I was thinking arthritis??? Just a question. Does excessive sweating also bother any of you??
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Old 17th August 2011, 11:14 PM
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I am new to the forum. I see the questions, but where are the docs replies?
I have the swollen, 'cotton' feel behind my Right toes. My sports medicine doc does not seem to know anything about it?? Where can I get info. on this?
At this point, NOTHING seems to help!
I would like to know where the answer is as well. Everyone is just guessing because they have the same question. Who has the answer?
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I, like a lot of you, am having the same type of problem. The difference with my issue is it's both of my feet. It started last night. Swollen and painful "ball" right below the 3rd and 4th toes. Hurts a lot to walk. I did quite of bit of walking yesterday (had a lot of errands to do) in shoes that offer no support. I know that's what brought it on, but would like to know what it is exactly. Thanks for any suggestions!
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Hi all,

I had this problem for a while and thought it was just corns or something. By the time I had it looked at the ball of my foot was very swollen and painful, like walking on stones. It only gradually got worse and initially it did come and go depending how long I had been on my feet. It was diagnosed as metatarsalgia (not sure about spelling). I had a bunionectomy and my second toe was shortened. This didn't work so I tried orthotics but because of my job I couldn't get on with them. I have since had a further operation called a lapidus procedure which has also failed as the bones haven't fused properly. It cured the original problem but now I have pain in my mid foot.

From personal experience I would get this looked at for a diagnosis rather than leave it. Perhaps mine would of been better had I had the original operation earlier. Also it's worth trying hard to adapt to orthotics if you can.

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Old 8th September 2011, 02:23 PM
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I just saw my doctor yesterday. I went in for pain in the pad below the 2 and 3rd toe. It also felt like I was walking on a cotton ball. Did not hurt in the morning, but by 9am I had a limp. It made me walk on the outside of my foot, causing more pain to the foot and then up the outside ankle. I was pretty scared I had a stress fracture. After xrays, it was determined I did not. After an exam with the doc, it was determined as plantar fascitis. This was confusing to me because I had ZERO pain in the heal. This had been going on for about 2 months, progressivly getting worse. Doc gave me some inserts (for both shoes). The inserts have a fairly thick added/stuck on pad on the arch. He added a small pad on the heal (not so thick but bouncy) and then on the lower/bottom outside of the insert he added two strips of pads. These pads are located on the far outside of the insert and are used to turn my foot inward so I don't walk on the outside. The pad on the arch is used to remove pressure from my upper foot pad by the toes. I have had the inserts in all morning and I can't express HOW MUCH these help. I was to the point where I was wearing tennis shoes inside the home all the time. Flip Flops were out of the question. Aleve and ice/heat were used everyday. We will see how it goes, no matter though because the immediate relief was worth it. Downside, I had to buy bigger shoes to fit the inserts. Not sure that's a downside . I am not a doctor, just a patient, I can't say this will help anyone but after reading this post I though I could help. The brand of the insert is Power Step, I do not know where all the additional pads and such came from. They are all different colors so I can't imagine they come with the insert. The inserts with added padding cost was 28.00 from the doctor's office.
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Old 25th September 2011, 07:27 PM
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I, like a lot of you, am having the same type of problem. The difference with my issue is it's both of my feet. It started last night. Swollen and painful "ball" right below the 3rd and 4th toes. Hurts a lot to walk. I did quite of bit of walking yesterday (had a lot of errands to do) in shoes that offer no support. I know that's what brought it on, but would like to know what it is exactly. Thanks for any suggestions!
I'm having the same problem w/my right foot and it came on suddenly. Mine isn't very painful but definitely sore(I'm limping) and the swelling is on the ball of my foot concentrated behind my 2nd, 3rd and 4th toes.
My podiatrist admits he's not sure what it is but thinks it may be a small rupture of the plantar near the toes. An X-ray ruled out a fracture. At first it wasn't painful at all just swollen and it feels like a lump on the ball of my foot. I especially notice it when barefoot on a flat surface like the shower. But since it began 3 weeks ago it has become more painful. Yesterday I started contrast bath to hopefully bring down the swelling.. I'm to do that 3 times per day and I can try advil to see if that helps with the inflammation. Also he gave me stretching exercises to do and also sent me home with orthotics for my shoes will that lift the metatarsals, taking the pressure off that area. They feel really weird! The nurse told me to start off wearing them only 1 to 2 hours per day and build up.
The podiatrist also said it's possible I have a cyst or any of the "itises" as he put it. lol They all involve inflammation. He said it's only been 3 weeks and to give it more time and try to be patient. I would have liked a definitive diagnosis but apparently I'm not going to get one.

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i have same pain although when I put weight on foot my toes separates causing big gap between toes. I have had 2 surgeries (capsulotomy) no help. Everything I look up points to plantar plate tear. See if you can find any info on that
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I had what turned out to be swelling behind small toe and inflamation feeling. It spread across the pad behing the toes on the right foot. Before it got to the 3rd toe on the right foot, problem started on the left foot. On both feet it is now to the point when the entire pad on both feet feel swollen and inflamed and it is spreading to the rest of the foot, now going down the sides of the feet. I have seen numerous Doctors. Two foot Doctors who did nothing more than fit me for shoe inserts whcih have done nothing. Feet have been x rayed, blood flow checked in both legs, nerves checked in both legs, blood sugar checked, everything has proven negative except for some blood flow restrictions in the leg. Yet problem keeps spreading and Doctors do not seem to interested in finding out what is wrong. Latest Doc gave me medicine for PAD, has done nothing. Also wants repeat of ABI Test. I get the distinct feeling I am having this problem and the cause is my old age, 72, nothing else.

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Correction on my prior post

I have feeling that the Doctors are looking at problem on both my feet is an old age problem. 71 yr old, and seem to have little interest in looking for the cause, except shot in the dark tests
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More than likely it's PF, plantar fasciatis. I could be neuroma's also, my mother had those alot and had to have surgery. Mine was PF, but I wore a walking boot all of Sept. and also wore my dorsiwedge night splint while sleeping and my pain is almost gone. I also used a heat/massage wand to increase blood flow to areas--then massaged with my hands. Alot of this is common sense. Did you have an event or accident that suddenly caused the pain or continuous walking/running that could be aggravating foot?
You may want to get an xray if you had an accident. I did this just to rule out any broken bones.
If I were you, I'd apply ice if there's any swelling. When the swelling goes away, then you can apply heat and massage area. I would also get a device like the night splint that dorsi-flexes the foot while sleeping...this helped me tremendously. My Dr. said that podiatrists mainly want to give cortizone shots first, then try something else once the pain comes back. Waste of time in my opinion unless you have a very low pain tolerance. Good luck....
It is not plantar Fasciatis, I know because I have had it, and these symptoms are totally different.It feels like water under the skin on the pad of my foot.
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I am soooo frustrated! Please help!

I am self employed and have no insurance. A doc at a low cost clinic gave me the quick answer of Plantar F. I don't know if he told me that just because it the easy answer or if its true. I have EXCRUCIATING pain in the ball of my feet and heel. I am female and only 105lbs. I do have Lyme disease, but in otherwise great health. I walk my dog often and hike & snowshoe about 12 times a year.

I can ONLY wear Schetchers shapeups due to the fact that the pressure in only on the mid area and relieves pressure on the painful parts. NO website EVER states pain in the ball of feet as being part of P.F.

I have been trying night splints but have not made it through the whole night yet, due to discomfort, but I do more hours each time. Last night I made it until 2:30am, but today I am in HORRIBLE pain. I can only walk on the outter edges of my feet. (My feet are on ice right now as I type this).

Questions- 1) Does this sound like P.F. to you? Do other people get equal pain in the BALL of the foot and HEEL?
2)When wearing night splints is it normal for the pain to get worse before it gets better?

Thank you for any help:}
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I'm just curious why the foot doctor is such a jerk? Is that what he learned at foot school for doctors with no bedside manner? Not to mention incredibly unhelpful. The other posters give better answers.
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Wikipedia has full reads for both Plantar Fascitis and Morton's Neuroma.

It would seem that Mornton's has an association to P.F. as it is the same Plantar tendon that runs from the heel to toe. It would be a safe assumption that a person could suffer from both at the same time as well.

From body building I learned that heating up a muscle or group of to then stretch it is significantly more effective than a cold stretch. With the area full of blood a full properly pressed and held stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds a person can more effectively squeeze out an area of focus. I take in the morning upon first discoving the painful symptoms 600mg of Ibuprofen with 500mg of Methocarbamol (1 extra strength Motrin and 1 Robax Platinum) 30 minutes before applying a heating pad (Magic bag or similar) to the area of pain for 10 minutes and then with the hands pull the toes back to the point of "almost" discomfort "NO MORE THAN" and hold for 30 seconds. If you feel the sensation of what could be described as "melted mozzarella" or "hot chewed bubblegum" being pulled apart in the area of interest you have achieved your goal... Repeat twice more... the day will now be better...

I believe I suffer from both, often at the same time. I also think I suffer from mild arthritis as the symptoms lean toward that condition or the onset of as well, I am 41, wear carbon fiber toed as light as possible work boots, generally weigh 50lbs - 150lbs more for 8-10 hours a day from carrying material and/or my tools. I hike, climb and generally behave as if I was still 20... My feet take abuse! When I get an attack of those symptoms I do the above treatment. It lessens the duration from 4-6 days down to 2 and after 2 years have realized that it is longer between attacks of the affliction.

I fully intend to get custom orthotics (most companies with benifits offer $400 CDN a year for this including the Dr. appt.) in the next 2 months to further increase time between these painful attacks. Surgery is never an option as it often has complications more undesirable than the actual condition one is trying to fix. Taking extra time in the day for something that needs to be accepted as life long and becoming good at the management of it... that's the key... take a little joy in knowing you have it under control.

Now the disclaimer... this is my solution for me! I am healthy, a lean 210lbs at 5'10" 41 yrs old male. If you choose to try my methad it's at your own risk 100%. A doctors visit with this information in hand for his/her review to apply to your physiology should always be done. Seriously, a 105lb woman compared to my physical discription and what I do for work, LOL !!! We all get this right? My pain meds might put her out for a few hours!
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Think about the shoes you're wearing when the pain starts or is worse. Probably no arch support or bare foot. Get arch supports for both the heel and the pad discomfort/pain. They make them for the arch and heel only so you don't have to buy different shoes for toe room. Wear them ALL the time and from now on only buy shoes with arch supports! You may have to look for flip flops with arch supports, but they exist!
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