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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 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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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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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.

MRI of ankle/foot: Xrays only shows bones . If there is a problem in the soft tissue (tendon/ligaments) or a problem with the circulation of the bone or a more subtle problem like a stress reaction a MRI will be the most helpful test. ...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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Toes (Definition)

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