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What do I do? Swelling pain in "balls" of feet below big toe?

What do I do? Swelling pain in "balls" of feet below big toe?

Pain: Pain is always an indication that an evaluation is in order. See your podiatrist for assistance. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Pain on top of first met above mid foot, sore to touch. 2nd & 3rd toe painful to touch, swelling on top of forefoot, no pain flexing toes. Cause?

Pain on top of first met above mid foot, sore to touch. 2nd & 3rd toe painful to touch, swelling on top of forefoot, no pain flexing toes. Cause?

Top of foot pain: That area of the foot has a few conditions that will cause your type of pain....Capsulitis, stress fractures, joint fractures, and nerve entrapments of the dorsal nerves of the foot.
I would recommend you see a physician and get an examination with x-rays... ...Read more

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What causes forefoot pain and swelling otherwise healthy only one foot previous bunion surgery with pin?

What causes forefoot pain and swelling otherwise healthy only one foot previous bunion surgery with pin?

Pain: Unfortunately, we need a bit more info. Such as when the surgery was done etc. Also, is the pain on the bunion surgery foot? Even if that is yes, there are a lot of causes of this pain and transfer pain is just one. See your podiatrist or treating physician for help. ...Read more

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What is neuroma? I see this word a lot when asking about my recent issue with my right big toe and the swelling of the balls of my right foot. I can't walk or sleep. Please advise.

What is neuroma? I see this word a lot when asking about my recent issue with my right big toe and the swelling of the balls of my right foot. I can't walk or sleep. Please advise.

Neuroma: This is fibrous or scar like tissue entrapping a nerve. It doesn't happen with the big toe very often. From your description it sounds like you have more than one problem. See your podiatrist who will unravel this and help you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why does my feet have swelling around my big toe and black rings around all my toes?

Why does my feet have swelling around my big toe and black rings around all my toes?

Black rings: Do you have a history or diabetes, heart issues, overweight? Send photo to see what it is: could be from trauma related to circulation issues to Blue Toe Syndrome. See eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com for more info. ...Read more

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There is swelling in my toe and this small swelling because of the shoe and the many hours of work and this leads to great pain in my feet?

There is swelling in my toe and this small swelling because of the shoe and the many hours of work and this leads to great pain in my feet?

Try and find: The cause of the swelling. Are the shoes the correct size? Is there an ingrown toenail? Is there any cracks in the skin? Is it possible you broke the toe? If you are unsure...See a foot doctor for help. ...Read more

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Pain and swelling on ball of foot under big toe in diabetic?

Pain and swelling on ball of foot under big toe in diabetic?

Any diabetic with: Foot pain warrants a in person exam as there is little room for misdiagnosis. You could have sesamoiditis, a stress fracture, tendonitis etc. Any possibility of a charcot foot must be considered. You make no mention of skin integrity and this must be examined as well. If you have neuropathy a foreign body should be ruled out. ...Read more

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My son has a swelling on the upper of his foot. He had an xray which showed no break, however the swelling persists and he cannot raise his big toe.

My son has a swelling on the upper of his foot. He had an xray which showed no break, however the swelling persists and he cannot raise his big toe.

Was there Trauma: There could have been a tendon tear due to trauma. However if this is just a tendonitis, the pain and swelling may be limiting his ability to move the toe. Follow up with your podiatrist. ...Read more

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I am having pain in top part of foot no swelling but big toes is cold feeling I can only walk on side of foot is this serious and what is causing it?

I am having pain in top part of foot no swelling but big toes is cold feeling I can only walk on side of foot is this serious and what is causing it?

Could be: This could be serious. While this could be an issue of dropped arch or inappropriate shoe wear, you may have a fracture, or even a vascular issue. This should be evaluated by your family physician. ...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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My father recently had a gout attack. His big toe no longer hurts but pain/swelling has traveled through his foot. What's the best medicine for swelling?

My father recently had a gout attack. His big toe no longer hurts but pain/swelling has traveled through his foot. What's the best medicine for swelling?

There are many: Medications to reduce swelling but need to find cause of it first. Normally swelling from gout attacks don't linger. Find the cause first then treatment can be started. ...Read more

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I fractured my big toe but most of the pain and swelling is in the foot could I torn a ligament also?

I fractured my big toe but most of the pain and swelling is in the foot could I torn a ligament also?

Possibly: Or a tendon is ssible as well, like your ehl tendon. Or simply, your gait has changed to protect the fracture so your overusing certain muscles t hely causing the swelling. ...Read more

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Monday my foot hit a door. Big toenail came straight off. Now I have swelling and pain on the big toe and the top of my foot. Could I have broken it?

Monday my foot hit a door. Big toenail came straight off. Now I have swelling and pain on the big toe and the top of my foot. Could I have broken it?

Surely: An x-ray would be needed to tell. Or you may have a contusion. You also want to make sure you do not get an infection from the nail ripping off and that the nail bed itself is not lacerated. A podiatrist would be able to check all these things. Ice your foot until you can see one. ...Read more

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What is moderate pain and swelling in the joint of my big toe where it joins my foot. I'm 43 and very physically active.?

What is moderate pain and swelling in the joint of my big toe where it joins my foot. I'm 43 and very physically active.?

Overuse...: First thing that comes to mind when you say big toe joint and pain is gout. However, usually the pain is pretty severe, and it's red/inflamed. Very active people can have minor sprains and strains in the great toe that causes inflammation and pain, especially if there is some underlying arthritis that gets flares up. I would start with ibuprofen/rest and if not better in few days see doc. ...Read more

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How long it take for swelling and bruising to go away from broken toe/foot? Tripped and bent big toe all way back. Is it broken.

A few weeks: It depends on how extensive the injury was. Bruising can last around 3 weeks for most people, and swelling a bit longer. If your swelling is more extensive than your doctor led you to believe after 4-5 weeks, discuss this with them. ...Read more

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Burning sensation on bottom of my feet right below my big toe bone. Feels like fire. No pain no swelling or numbness. Should I get checked out?

Burning sensation on bottom of my feet right below my big toe bone. Feels like fire. No pain no swelling or numbness. Should I get checked out?

Evaluation indicated: You should be evaluated by a musculoskeletal specialist of the feet such as a podiatrist or an orthopaedic surgeon who treats foot and ankle issues. Your description of your symptoms correlates with a problem or injury to the small sesamoid bones located on under surface of the big toe ...Read more

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I am experiencing toe swelling, heel pain and foot swelling (quality: in the big toe). The following also describes me: Foot pain. What should I do?

I am experiencing toe swelling, heel pain and foot swelling (quality: in the big toe). The following also describes me: Foot pain. What should I do?

Toe pain: You should show to your Dr and give more details such as when does it come on, what makes it better, what new exercise have you been doing. Are you wearing high heels a lot? So you can find out what is causing this. Then you will know what to do. ...Read more

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Boyfriend has a very large blister on big toe and it popped on it's own. The fluid that came out was brown. The swelling in his foot has gone down. And he can move his toes. I drained it and clean around with an alcohol swab then antibacterial soap.

Boyfriend has a very large blister on big toe and it popped on it's own. The fluid that came out was brown. The swelling in his foot has gone down. And he can move his toes. I drained it and clean around with an alcohol swab then antibacterial soap.

So far, So Good.: It sounds like you've done all the right things. The brown could be the residue of old blood. You need to check for the signs of increasing cellulitis and infection. Things like swelling, redness, heat and pain. If the wound does not improve with your treatment than a trip to your doctor may be in order. If the sight clears, the congratulations are in order, I think. ...Read more

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Pain in big toe mild swelling after falling down stairs. Difficulty walking (walking on side of foot). Pain wakes me and I think bone is displaced?

Pain in big toe mild swelling after falling down stairs. Difficulty walking (walking on side of foot). Pain wakes me and I think bone is displaced?

If you fell: Downstairs and have difficulty walking the foot likely should be xrayed. You also sound like at minimum should be walking in a surgical shoe that prevents the toe and metatatarsal joint from bending. Ice would do you well as well.

Good luck. ...Read more

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Stubbed toe, (beside big toe) few days ago, bruising, min. Swelling but hurts when I move it, esp. Right on top of foot, could I have fractured it?

Maybe: Only way to tell is with an X-ray. If the toe is still straight, the only thing that is usually done is a splint to the adjacent toe. If the symptoms are bad enough, and/or the toe is deformed, best to have an X-ray. See an orthopedist next week to get this done. Otherwise, need to go to an ER. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Swelling under the left foot's ankle bone for months. No big problems, only hurts when applied pressure. Also, on the toe bones it has hurt a few time

Swelling under the left foot's ankle bone for months. No big problems, only hurts when applied pressure. Also, on the toe bones it has hurt a few time

Sounds like you: Should be evaluated properly before things get worse. Since you odont mention which side of the ankle, medial or lateral all we know is there is ankle swelling which could be caused by a multitude of problems. You should visit a podiatrist or orthopedist for further exam and treatment. ...Read more

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My left foot + ankle has started to go numb. Its from my big toe across top of foot and up outer side of my leg. I also have slight swelling, why?

My left foot + ankle has started to go numb. Its from my big toe across top of foot and up outer side of my leg. I also have slight swelling, why?

See below: It sounds as though you have turned your foot and injured the peroneal tendons which have creatied swelling across th dorsal nerve structure.

See a podiatrist for exam. ...Read more

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I am experiencing foot swelling (quality: in the big toe) and ankle swelling. The following also describe me: Difficulty walking, Ankle pain, and...

I am experiencing foot swelling (quality: in the big toe) and ankle swelling. The following also describe me: Difficulty walking, Ankle pain, and...

Gout vs heart issues: The swelling you're describing could be gout; the onset of which can occur at any age and is often the consequence of an extremely rich diet with pork, wine, salt, etc. If that's not the case then the issue is backflow from your heart (i.e. congestive failure). see your pcp; you need either a consult with rheumatology or cardiology per your PCP. ...Read more

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I stubbed my big toe on a door. I have rings of dark bruising around the joints, light bruising across the top of my foot, and mild swelling. Broken?

I stubbed my big toe on a door. I have rings of dark bruising around the joints, light bruising across the top of my foot, and mild swelling. Broken?

Hard to tell: It is difficult to tell if a bone is broken without an xray. It can swell and feel quite painful just from a bad bruise. If it is very swollen and bruised and if it is painful to touch over any part of the bone then you may want to get an xray. If you do not get one right away and it is getting better then it is probably not broken. If the pain gets worse or is not going away, then xray is needed. ...Read more

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What should I do about my foot/toe knuckle? I have discoloration and a little swelling on the knuckle of my foot under my big toe. There isn't a lot of pain when I touch it, but I am very active so while I am wearing shoes and running around or even walki

Rest and ice: You may have other pathology underneath your 1st great toe joint such as sesamoiditis, bursitis, etc. Try resting and stop activities for 1-2 weeks with icing and antiinflammatory medications. If pain continues or returns, see a specialist, you may need xrays with an evaluation. Hope this helps, if you need a referral in your area, I know some good doctors. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have sudden joint pain, swelling and purple discoloration in my big toe what could this be? The pain came on suddenly and I cannot really walk. I did not injure the toe or foot, I am not diabetic or in poor health. The only health condition I have is hy

I have sudden joint pain, swelling and purple discoloration in my big toe what could this be? The pain came on suddenly and I cannot really walk. I did not injure the toe or foot, I am not diabetic or in poor health. The only health condition I have is hy

Many possibilities: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection (ingrown nail), metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy). A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. ...Read more

Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more