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I have a recouring foot problem that my GP or Podiatrist have been unable to diagnose as yet. It’s an excruciating pain that centres around the big toe joint. It’s occurred around three times now over the last 18 months or so. It always happens after I’ve walked a couple of miles in a day, (which is usually on holiday as i'm not sporty). I start to feel the pain the same day but the next morning my foot around the big toe/ball gets extremely sore that I can’t put my weight or walk on it for around a week at least and it takes a few months to feel fully healed again. It feels like a broken toe, very painful to touch or move. It feels very hot and looks red. It swells a little but not too much. It also feels painful on the pad at the base of my toes but it is the big toe that is by far the worst. I feel the pain in both my feet but it is the left foot that get real bad.
I’ve had Xrays & blood tests for gout and red/white blood cell count but all apparently seems normal. It’s not a bunion either although my podiatrist says there is a slight deformity but nothing that should cause this much trouble. I wear arch support insoles in my shoes as I have flat fallen arches. I work standing up all day wearing steel toe-capped safety shoes. Although I do a fair bit of walking at work, I don’t do any sports or hobbies where I walk/run a lot.
I’m a 45 yr old male who is in otherwise good health and not overweight. This condition that started around one & a half is affecting my lifestyle. It’s ruining my holidays. Last two times i have been laid up in the hotel and have had to take sick leave from work when I got back home and no-one seems to be able to tell me what the problem is! The last time it flared up was in the middle of May and it still doesn’t feel right two months later.
Has anyone else suffered from the same condition? Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.
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