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I am having a problem that I hope someone here can shed some light on. A few days ago I started having a sharp pain in the side of my foot (lateral, almost directly in the middle between my pinky toe and my heel). It hurts like hell when I try to walk, but the pain stops as soon as I lift my foot. I can put weight on my heel or tippy-toes without pain. No swelling, no bruising, nothing else. I've poked and prodded, but can't find anything sore. In the mornings, I can take several steps pain-free but it comes back very suddenly and only gets worse as the day wears on.
I had it checked out (can't afford down time). The NP said that she thinks it's either something tendon-related or a stress fracture, and is sending me to get an x-ray in the morning. However, I have heard that stress fractures do not show up on x-rays very well. I do NOT want to be misdiagnosed, so thought I'd ask if anyone here has had a similar experience or had advice. Is it a waste of time to get the x-ray? Should I just ignore this and hope it gets better? Should I go to a podiatrist?
I am a 34 year old woman in good shape. I walk often, but not every day. I have very low arches. The day the pain started I had walked through the neighborhood, but only two or three miles, and I can't pinpoint a darn thing that could have caused this.
I appreciate any help or the sharing of similar experiences to help me figure this out.
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