Throbbing pain in middle-inner arch of foot

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Hi Everyone,

 I’m a 27 yr old male in relatively good shape, other than this debilitating foot problem I’ve had for almost two years, of course.  Whenever I walk or stand (especially walk), I have a throbbing pain throughout the arch of my foot and up to the metatarsals – basically everywhere north of the heel.  It gradually gets worse the more I walk/stand.  More recently, the pain has been localized in the middle area of the inner part of my arch.  The pain is so bad that I cannot walk anymore.  I have to limp to get around, and even that causes excruciating pain.

Things that trigger pain in the middle-inner arch of my foot.  Note that I have this pain bilaterally, but it’s far worse in the left foot:

-walking more than a couple of steps

-standing for more than 5 minutes

-clenching my toes (especially big toe -- this instantly triggers the pain)

Any thoughts?  I’m stuck in my apartment for the unforeseeable future until I can figure this out.  Dr has ruled out neurological and rheumatological issues from recent testing.  Also have a morton's neuroma in 3rd webspace (other side) but I'll save that issue for another day.

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    Have you read up on Plantar Fasciitis?
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      You don't always have heel pain. I am a chiropodist and deal with Plantar Fasciitis. It's not very common to have it without heel pain, but nonetheless you could be one of the rarer persons.
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      Interesting, thanks for the information.  My ortho specialist has recommended plantar fascia stretching/massaging but it hasn't helped at all.  Also I thought a good exercise to strengthen the arch would be toe curls and that just makes the condition hurt a lot more.  He threw around the idea of platelet rich plasma, I'm not really sure how that works.  Also discouraged because I tried to rest that foot for a month (literally did not step on that foot) and it didn't improve at all sad
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    Have you noticed improvement when  you wear higher heels, or conversely are matters worsened when bare foot, or walking on soft sand?
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      So I don't wear high heels (I'm a guy) but to answer your second question, I can walk around bare foot or on sand and it doesn't hurt quite as much as in shoes.  That said, after a while it feels good to switch back to running shoes.

      Should also be noted that I have a morton's neuroma in the third webspace, on the other side of the foot.

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    It is possible that you have Mortons Neuroma on the right foot now. If not, then Plantar Fasciitis. You can have steroid injections. I suggest that should be your next step forward.

     

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    It sounds like plantar fasciitis to me. PF develops from an overstretched plantar fascia, it needs blood flow to heal but getting it by stretching is risky as you can easily reaggravate it. The stretches help some people but not most, likely because the minor aggravations are a bigger set-back than the benefits of the blood flow.

    Are you on your feet a lot? Do you walk on concrete a lot, or did you when the injury first developed?

     

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      Hi Kyle,

       I'm starting to think it is plantar fasciitis as well.  I'm also wondering if I may have ruptured an area of the plantar fascia, given the sharp pain i have whenever I curl my big toe.

      I'm not on my feet much at all anymore.  Every day I walk about 2 blocks to the bus, take the bus to work, walk another block to my office and sit at a desk for the rest of the day.  I can't leave my apartment much due to the pain.

      I first got the injury from walking around the city (like 10 miles) in sandals.  It started as a throbbing / cramping pain in the outer mid-arch area of my left foot, which I started feeling in my right foot a month later.  Now the pain shifts from anywhere north of the heel to the bottom of my toes, but especially in the arches and metatarsals.

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      Hi Bill,

      Walking on hard or uneven surfaces without shoes that give proper support is how PF develops. The plantar fascia is a tight band, not designed to get stretched which happens from walking on these surfaces. I would think a larger impact would be needed to rupture the fascia.

      Have you tried using an ice pack when you have the pain? You can massage your calf and lower ankle to get more blood towards your foot. As well as elevation. Blood flow stimulators also help by getting blood to the fascia without more stretching.

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      Thanks again for responding.  The throbbing/tender pain in my inner arch just occured recently, after I was trying to do toe curls as part of a PT program.  Looks like that wasn't helpful...now whenever I curl my toes the pain is replicated.

      I have used ice packs pretty religiously, but they only help so much.  What is blood flow stimulation?  I just bought "Yamuna Foot Wakers" to better massage the plantar fascia so hopefully that's part of the same general idea.

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      Disagree strongly. For almost the entire evolution of humans (and for most people currently alive) it has been possible and necessary to walk over hard and uneven surfaces without any foot ware (let alone "proper support", whatever that means)
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    Ensure that you do not have plantar fibromatosis. This is distinctly different from mechanical tears of the planter fascia. This can be demonstrated by a competent radiologist by ultrasonography.

    When I asked about heels I did not imply women's fashion heels, but the heels customary in men's formal heels.

    i do not know what surgery is proposed, but surgery to the plantar fascia has a number of both short and long term dangers, which are irreversible.

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      Hello im a girl who has been expierncing the same kind of pain he has^^ I noticed you asked him if wearing heels made the pain any better. That happened to me i couldnt even walk one night because it hurt so much and my mother told me to walk on my tippy toe and it helped. . I decided to see if wearing heels gave the same effect. And it did! In fact the pain went away completely. She doesnt believe me and i was wondering if you knew why that was?? 
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      Yes I did actually. I'm studying holistic medicine and found that supplementing certain minerals helps alleviate these symptoms. Helps the body heal so that the problem goes away naturally. m.me/crissy0333

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      Hi sam33700-- I found this thread when researching for a pain I got in the arch of my foot.  I'm also a girl, and it helped my pain when I would walk on my tip toes.  Did you ever get a diagnosis?  My doctor thinks it's plantar fasciitis but it doesn't really seem to fit the symptoms very well.  Thanks for any follow up you have!

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