Excruciating pain in foot.

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I have been to the podiatrist twice for this. I have pain in my big toe joint mainly but it has kind of spread out to a larger area. Doc said I have MTP, not positive what that is. Also my 2nd toe is drifting toward my big toe “trying” to become a hammertoe. I also have a bunion although it is still quite small.  Also a bone spur on top of big toe bone. I have had two injections which did not help at all. He’s talking about surgery now, but he feels like with the “minor” problems I have, I should not be in as much pain as I am.  Going back to him tomorrow to talk it out about surgery.  

Throbbing, stabbing pain. Even while just sitting down. I can’t take much more of this.  On a scale of 1-10, pain is at least a 9. Anyone else have similar issues?

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    Hi Bailey, 

    Yes,  I have had this.  Your doctor will recommend having either a Chielectomy of the MTP *First Big Toe joint)  which I had August 2nd of 2017. This is a rather simple procedure . But you are under anastasia and last about 30 mins total. Home same day and lots of rest and pain meds. You'll get a nerve block in your leg to help with pain for about 24 hours. No cast and but a soft splint for 2 weeks and then a post op soft shoe.

     Its about a  six month recovery for that.   Sad news, mine didn't work so on to a fusion  on April 9th due to the pain being to bad. Obviously I'm still in recovery. 4 weeks tomorrow. Still painful at times but I think this will be a success! The worst of it is the nerves "knitting" as they say back together. But certainly you can do this! 

    Ask your doc every thing and good luck to you!

    Rose

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      Thank you so much for your comment! This has been maybe the most painful thing I’ve ever had!! Hurts while walking, hurts while sitting, so horrible! 

      And the pain has radiated at times to where about 1/2 of my foot hurts like that. 

      I wish you luck with your recovery. I’ll let you know what the doc tells me tomorrow.

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      So I went back to the doctor. He still doesn’t feel like anything on the X-ray is bad enough for surgery. Now he kind of wants to blame it on my back or something other than my foot. What? I have no back problems. It hurts right now because of limping so much! So now I have to get an MRI. I’m so unhappy because I don’t know how long I’m going to have to suffer before someone figures out what it is!
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      HI Bailey, 

      First of all I'm sorry you had to endure that with your doctor! Man, I hate that crap when they don't listen. 

       Second, you have to find yourself a Orthopedic specialist.  He/she will lead you to the right decision. And an MRI is very good to have.  While XRAYS can see some things they can not see all. So an MRI will help to see if you have a  ligament or tendon torn/ or your MTP cartilage slightly broken or whatever it is. But it will get to the bottom of things. But my recommendation is to find a Orthopedic specialist first. 

      Please keep me posted and I wish you luck, 

      Rose

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      When you say Orthopaedic specialist do you mean an orthopedic surgeon, but not just a podiatrist? I can check into that.. 

      I’m very anxious to see the results of the MRI but I don’t get to have it done until the 18th. 

      I have used my podiatrist for two other foot surgeries and have always been happy with him. I don’t know why he is so wishy washy this time. I have  three things going on in the same foot, all in close proximity. Seems to me that the trifecta of these things could cause some major pain!

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      HI Bailey, 

      I don't think there is really a huge difference between the two types of docs. They both do feet! smile  I would assume whom ever you are comfortable with. 

      I just had better luck with mine is why I said that. Everyone is different and has to go to what they believe is right for them. 

      Wishy washy could just mean he doesn't feel you are at a place for a surgery on the Toe. 

      My doctor (and I've said this many times on here) because it made a lot of sense to me.... he said... "treat your pain as a report card, if its between a a and a b or even a c then its not time, anything below that its time to start talking about surgery to correct the issue."   I loved that because it made me assess where I was with out jumping in on things. 

      Best of luck, 

      Rose

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      The problem is my pain has been so bad for almost 2 months now that it’s getting me really depressed. I need to get some answers and soon because I just can’t deal with it anymore. 

      The MRI isn’t until the 18th. If he doesn’t figure something out I’ll have to see another doctor. I’ll have to wait a couple of weeks to get in, show them my X-rays and MRI results, then more waiting. 

      If someone can decide what to do after all that, I’ll be going on 3 months of unbearable pain. It has taken me way down and it’s awful.

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