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Doctor insights on: Sharp Pain In Ball Of Foot When Walking

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Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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For 2 days I have had sharp pain - left( ball of foot?) large pad behind big toe. No visible swelling . Painful walk/stand. What possible causes?

For 2 days I have had sharp pain - left( ball of foot?)   large pad behind big toe. No visible swelling .  Painful walk/stand. What possible causes?

Rule out Gout: You will need to rule out the possibility of gouty arthritis - it typically appears suddenly in a big toe (classic presentation), although it is usually accompanied by some form of swelling, redness or other discoloration. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain on the bottom and top of my foot in the middle..It hurts when i walk on it and when i lay down. It even hurts to touch it?

I have a sharp pain on the bottom and top of my foot in the middle..It hurts when i walk on it and when i lay down. It even hurts to touch it?

Foot pain without: Injury sounds like arthritis. Common causes are gout, pseudogout, rheumatoid arthritis, or bacterial infection. Rarely, it could be bone malignancy. You need to see a doctor and sort this out. It could be something serious. ...Read more

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Hello,i was casually walking then i got a sharp pain on my right top foot.I resulted me in limping all day & aches.Its been 24 hr & hurts.No injuries?

Hello,i was casually walking then i got a sharp pain on my right top foot.I resulted me in limping all day & aches.Its been 24 hr & hurts.No injuries?

Over stressed...: I would have the foot x-rayed to make sure that there is not a fracture in a metatarsal. It might be a stress fracture, but the sudden onset could mean an out and out break in the bone. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in the sole of my foot, like a needle. It happens when i walk and i'm lifting off my foot like somethings stretching and hurting?

Sharp pain in the sole of my foot, like a needle. It happens when i walk and i'm lifting off my foot like somethings stretching and hurting?

Plantar fasciitis: You probably have plantar fasciitis. See a podiatrist who can give you a corticosteroid injection in the heel if the symptoms are severe. In other cases use of orthotics and stretching exercises of the foot may help. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain in the heel of my foot. It only hurts when I walk down steps.?

I have a sharp pain in the heel of my foot. It only hurts when I walk down steps.?

Heel Pain: Heel pain in any shape or form begins and starts with plantar fasciitis. This small ligament that attaches the base of the heel to the muscles on the bottom of the foot can become very inflammed and painful. A tight achilles tendon is also associated with heel pain. If the pain is more in the middle of the heel, then advanced imaging may be necessary to diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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Have bunion. Sharp pain around arch same foot and of all day today. Hard to walk at times. Is this due to bunion? Happens every now and again.

Have bunion.  Sharp pain around arch same foot and of all day today. Hard to walk at times. Is this due to bunion?  Happens every now and again.

Related: Bunions are often made worse by poor foot biomechanics and this can also result in arch strain and pain. The arch pain can usually be treated by custom foot orthotics (from a podiatrist, not walmart!), however these can sometimes make shoes tighter on the bunions. See a podiatrist for the best solution for you. ...Read more

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What does sharp pain in leg and weird sensation in arch of foot mean after long walk in heels?

What does sharp pain in leg and weird sensation in arch of foot mean after long walk in heels?

Something is wrong: Anytime you have pain, there is something wrong. There are a few possibilities. It could be the foot pain comes first, i.E plantar fascitis and as a result you are compensating or walking differently and then getting the leg pain. Knowing if you are flatfooted or have a high arch would help but in either case an orthotic might help. A nerve problem should also be ruled out. ...Read more

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Pain in left side top of foot when walk or flex toes xray normal sharp pain and i run around bartender in busy bar ?

Pain in left side top of foot when walk  or flex toes xray normal  sharp pain and i run around bartender in busy bar  ?

Foot pain: Since x-rays only show bone, it is a good idea to have a soft tissue image performed either by sonogram or mri. You may have tendinitis or some other issue that can be treated once a definitive diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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Feel sharp pain right behind bone that sits on inside arch of foot. No pain when walking on outside of foot. No recent injury. what causes this?

Feel sharp pain right behind bone that sits on inside arch of foot. No pain when walking on outside of foot. No recent injury. what causes this?

Podiatrist: I recommend that you consult a podiatrist for diagnosis,advice and treatment. There could be a neuroma, area of inflammation or even a stress fracture. Perhaps only wearing an orthotic in your shoe or wearing different type of footwear will be advised depending upon the findings. ...Read more

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Hello I jumped wel playing basketball the exactly a week ago and I have sharp pain on the bottom / lower left side of my heal on my right foot. Noticed some bruising and been icing as much as I can. Any other suggestion? I can walk on my front of the foo

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I jumped wel playing basketball the exactly a week ago and I have sharp pain on the bottom / lower left side of my heal on my right foot. Noticed some bruising and been icing as much as I can. Any other suggestion? I can walk on my front of the foo

HEEL INJURY: YOU MAY HAVE A SPRAIN OR A TEAR OF ONE OF THE LIGAMENTS IN YOUR FOOT. SEE YOUR PCP AND HE OR SHE MAY REFER YOU TO AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON. OR HE MAY SEND YOU TO THE X-RAY DEPARTMENT TO MAKE SURE NO BONES WERE BROKEN. DO IT RIGHT AWAY AND NO RUNNING FOR A WHILE. BEST LUCK. ...Read more

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I'm getting a sharp pain in my big toe on my right foot on the bottom right where the knuckle starts when I walk. Should I be concerned?

I'm getting a sharp pain in my big toe on my right foot on the bottom right where the knuckle starts when I walk. Should I be concerned?

Get an X-ray: Pain in the big toe can be a presenting sign of gout, but more often than not, a musculoskeletal problem exists - you should probably see s good internist or orthopedist, or podiatrist and start with an X-Ray, however, blood work to rule out a metabolic disorder may be needed. See a doctor first, see what they think is the next best step... ...Read more