The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground. - Buddha
July 2, 2014 9:18 AM Subscribe
My foot hurts. Why does my foot hurt?
posted by anastasiav to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Yes, I know that 'see a doctor' is the best answer, but lets assume that's impractical until after the holiday weekend, the urgent care is never helpful unless you need antibiotics, and I'd just be wasting everyone's time at the ER.
So: my left foot hurts. Not my whole foot, but one very specific spot on the outside side of the foot, almost exactly halfway between the base of the toes and the heel.
What is particularly weird is that it mostly doesn't hurt when I'm walking on it, and it often does suddenly hurt when I'm just sitting still or lying in bed. It will be a sudden intense pain there, like a cramp but in rubbing the spot there doesn't seem to be a tight or spasming muscle anywhere that I can feel. If I compare both feet the area might be a little tiny bit swollen, or I might just be realizing my feet are different. It's not hot, red, or puffy in the way I associate with soft-tissue trauma swelling. I don't have any trouble putting weight on it, and the pain doesn't seem to be related to walking on it - sometimes it hurts when I step, sometimes it doesn't hurt at all, sometimes (often) it hurts when I'm not putting any weight on the foot at all.
Icing it last night made the pain stop, mainly because it made the whole side of my foot numb. Anti-inflammatory pain medication doesn't seem to do anything for it.
This has been going on, off and on, for about a week, but has been particularly bad the past couple of days. I don't ever wear heels, but it hurts no matter what shoes I wear - sneakers, clarks, barefoot. I'm not a runner. I haven't done anything weird, like twisting it or stepping in a hole. I haven't even bought new shoes in months.