Lkng term (3.5 months) inflammation on big toe

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Hi,

I am seeking anyone who can shed light or knows anything about the following.

Until 4 months ago, my feet were in good health. However, one day my right big toe swelled up, doubling in size and very painful.

The piant went after a month, but now, 3.5 months later, the toe remains swollen. In addition, I am now experiencing pain on the ball of the same foot and toe, like walking on shards of glass. And it's getting worse. The heel is now panful too - ike a burning sensation when I point the toe upwards.

Dr thinks it was gout. Chiro is not sure, thinks it may be more than that. I have had an x ray. Nothing (other than inflammation).

Has anyone had similar symptoms? I may have been bitten by a bug, as there seemed to be a bite lmark on the toe top (i react very badly to mozzie/horse flies).

Any help appreciated.

Thanks

Gordon

 

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    Excuse typo in header, sorry.

     

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    Hi Gordon

    This sounds fairly familiar to me but can't offer any answers I'm afriad. I have had a similar problme for the last 8 months.....and it has more recently spread to both feet. I won't go as far (in my case) to say shards of glass.....but more like pebbles. Some say it is classic symptons of morton's neuroma but my podiatrist is not so sure. Inconclusive on MRI. She thinks it may be a trapped nerve in my back (also also have slight curature of the spine. Still investigating but in the meantime it is very annoying (to say the least!). It seems though, that such problems are not uncommon!

    Mike

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      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for your comment. Albeit through annoying circumstances, it is good to meet someone with a similar issue and I hope you recover soon.

      I have a fear it is beginning to spread to the other foot.The trapped nerve idea is interesting. It started immediately after a couple of days of very hard hill walking with a heavy pack, a stupidly heavy pack.

      I am seeing the physio again this week. If I get an opinion I will share it.

      Meantime, do you do anything to lessen the discomfort from the issue? Were there any circumstances you could ascribe to this problem starting?

      Thank you,

      Gordon

       

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      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for your comment. Albeit through annoying circumstances, it is good to meet someone with a similar issue and I hope you recover soon.

      I have a fear it is beginning to spread to the other foot.The trapped nerve idea is interesting. It started immediately after a couple of days of very hard hill walking with a heavy pack, a stupidly heavy pack.

      I am seeing the physio again this week. If I get an opinion I will share it.

      Meantime, do you do anything to lessen the discomfort from the issue? Were there any circumstances you could ascribe to this problem starting?

      Thank you,

      Gordon

       

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      Hi Mike,

      I promised to get back to you.

      The physio is certain it is Plantar faciitis. The exercises he has given men(stretching the calf) seem to have started working, as l has his (painful!) manipulation of my calf muscle on the affected leg, which had tightened. He has also gven me insoles for my heels, which has helped reduce the pain /discomfort. He is suggesting som orthopedic (sp?) insoles too. As for the swollen toe and ball joint pain, he fees it is related. Basically, when I went hill  walking, I forgot about insoles in the ex army boots, and was carrying far to much extra weight, the terrain was steep and therefore this issue is likely to have been a direct reuslt of this stupidity on my part.

      Certainly, the last 2 weeks of treatment and exercises have caused an improvement. I also now walk for 50 mnutes a day most days, which seems to help.

      I hope things are better for you?

      Gordon

       

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