Posted , 6 users are following.
Last year i had 4 months off work due to metartasal pain in my left foot and burning sensation in my right foot in the ball of the foot, after initially going to my doctor and told to take paracetamol and ibuprofen which had no effect. The GP didn't send me for further testing and after going back finally sent me to a podiatrist, who said I needed to use a walking boot. It turned out I didn't even need it as he couldn't find what was wrong after doing an ultrasound.
I was the sent for an X-ray to rule out a stress fracture and that came back normal. The next person to see me was a back specialist who found nothing wrong.
Then I went on to see a muscle specialist who stuck a 6 inch needle 5 times into each calf and foot area.... Again no conclusion. Throughout all this I attended physio who also couldn't say what was wrong.
I did take pain relief only as strong as tramadol (which I only took briefly) as they made me feel sick, no-one could give me an answer.
All they could find was some general wear and tear of the joints and a small amount of fluid around the joints, the only issues I have with my feet are the little toes are set higher and used to cross over when I was younger, and I moderately walk on the insides of my feet.
After I went back to work the pain had almost gone and I was relieved. But after a month back at work the pain in the metatarsals returned and i went back to see another doctor who instantly diagnosed plantar fasciitis in my left foot and metatasalgia in my right, initially I agreed with this after further educating myself.
The problem is the pain I have in the top of my feet are my metatarsals.
When I stay off my feet I'm OK I'm still achy when trying to stand and it does take me a little while to get going. But when I work (I'm a nurse in an elderly care home) the pain is so much more worse that I do end up taking pain relief just so I can sleep and walk, my feet and calves feel really tight when I get up.
I'm 31 and this has been going on for nearly 2 years now, I think the initial diagnosis was correct but I feel like there is something else underlying with the metatarsals, I do use arch support insoles in all of my shoes which I ensure fit my feet comfortably. The doctor I saw told me it could take up to 2 years for this to resolve but to me it's just getting worse.
would I be right to go back and get another opinion?
2 likes, 6 replies