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Pain in ball of foot from new shoes?

Pain in ball of foot from new shoes?

Shoes: Shoes should be evaluated for proper fit. They shoe needs to have adequate support and padding as well. The root cause may be the bio-mechanics of your foot... ...Read more

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Can a prosthetic foot bend into a shoe like a normal foot can?

Can a prosthetic foot bend into a shoe like a normal foot can?

Depends on Design: There are a number of commecially available prosthetic foot designs. Generally speaking, the ones that are more flexible are considerably more expensive. The low end designs are quite basic, simple foot shaped lasts that have a slight "roll" built in to them. Higher end foot prostheses may have joint movements very similar to a human foot. ...Read more

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Returning left foot pain, top/side of the foot, directly down from small toe about halfway. Cuboid? Calcaneous? Pretty sure not rolled ankle. Help

Returning left foot pain, top/side of the foot, directly down from small toe about halfway. Cuboid? Calcaneous? Pretty sure not rolled ankle. Help

X-ray: Avulsion of the base of the 5th metatarsal at the insertion of the peroneus brevis muscle would be the most common cause. An ossicle at the same point could also be painfully arthritic. An x-ray will prove the Dx. Healing simply takes careful neglect over time. ...Read more

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My pinky toe on right foot hurts in shoes. Feels fine barefoot or in sandals. No bumps or red. On inside by nail but not ingrown. Shoes not tight.

My pinky toe on right foot hurts in shoes. Feels fine barefoot or in sandals. No bumps or red. On inside by nail but not ingrown. Shoes not tight.

Phalangeal spur.: If you really think about it, all nails are technically ingrown, they are just not symptomatic. There could be an underlying reason for the pain if not caused directly by the shoes. To remove all doubt, an exam including an x-ray may bring into view the real problem. ...Read more

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Running barefoot, now pain in arch of foot. Back to shoes?

Running barefoot, now pain in arch of foot. Back to shoes?

Yes: Running barefoot is a fairly new fad.Change in activity, should be done gradually.When going from a good supportive shoe to no shoes, different muscle groups are worked and bone and ligaments are stressed differently.This can lead to overuse and breakdown(injury). If you are going to try barefoot or minimalist shoes, start with kicking around in them for few days, then short walks to running.Dr l. ...Read more

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I crushed my foot in the past, will this lead to foot arthritis?

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I crushed my foot in the past, will this lead to foot arthritis?

Possible: Depending on the injury and how you healed, this is likely. People who severely injure a joint tend to get arthritis later in life where that injury was. Hopefully you did all of your physical therapy and are keeping yourself healthy and strong now though, and this can help. ...Read more

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I have a "stone bruise" in my heel, accident stepping on something. Was wearing shoes. Have sprain ankle of same foot. Can't wear brace and orthotic?

I have a "stone bruise" in my heel, accident stepping on something. Was wearing shoes. Have sprain ankle of same foot. Can't wear brace and orthotic?

Heal pad, ice massa: Consider heal pads , heal cups, ice massage. When we look at your medication profile and procedures there may be more going on and you need to discuss other options or diagnoses with your physician. ...Read more

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Podiatric help:pain in my left foot of "ring" toe only?

Podiatric help:pain in my left foot of "ring" toe only?

Neuroma : A neuroma is an inflammation of the nerve in the ball of the foot. It commonly effects the nerve that supplies the 3rd and 4th toes. There are other possible causes, of course, and you should see a podiatrist for a comprehensive exam and proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I'm having an electric shock feeling in my left foot (sole)and in my 3rd and 4th toes. I also have plantar fasciitis in that foot. Worst when driving?

I'm having an electric shock feeling in my left foot (sole)and in my 3rd and 4th toes. I also have plantar fasciitis in that foot. Worst when driving?

Lateral plantar: The lateral plantar nerve is a branch of the tibial nerve. It can be compressed at several points along its course from the tarsal tunnel down to the base of the metatarsal phalangeal joint and beyond. Sometimes you can localize the problem by pressing on the bottom of the foot along the nerves course. If the problem cannot be localized ask the neurologist to do a nerve conduction study. ...Read more

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Can a sprained small toe cause pain in ball of foot?

Can a sprained small toe cause pain in ball of foot?

Yes: You may have damage to the tendon which attaches to the toe, or you may be walking differently and causing abnormal pressure and motion in other areas of your foot. ...Read more

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The heel of my foot hurts to walk, would soaking in hot or cold water be beneficial in any way?

The heel of my foot hurts to walk, would soaking in hot or cold water be beneficial in any way?

Combo treatment. : If you have plantar fasciitis, and hurt most with the first few steps in the am, the more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. #2: firm inserts/orthotics. #3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your dr). #4: stretching your foot/calf. #5: icing (10 min at a time). You may also need physical therapy or cortisone injections, or eswt if available in your area. Soaking won't help! ...Read more

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Can an l5-s1 herniation cause numb toes in right foot? Just the toes, not the foot or leg.

Can an l5-s1 herniation cause numb toes in right foot? Just the toes, not the foot or leg.

L5-S1 Herniation: Disc herniations can give people a variety of symptoms; numbness and tingling can follow various routes in leg or arm and weakness usually has a more distinct pattern depending on the root(s) involved. Numb toes can very well be associated with your L5-S1 level, although there are possible other causes. Find a good PCP for a physical and possible imaging studies if indicated. ...Read more

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Stabbing pain in toes when walking. 3 middle toes are numb and sore Pain in ball of foot. No neuroma on U/S I have a heel spur, could that be cause

Toe pain: There can be many causes, bone, soft tissue, nerve and then off course spine issues. But more than likely it is from the heel spurs. The plantar fascia attaches there and then also to the base of the metartarsals ...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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Strassburg sock - gastroc contracture. Keeps foot out of equinus, but stretch felt in mid foot & not ankle/calf. Have CS in medial foot. Keep wearing?

Strassburg sock - gastroc contracture. Keeps foot out of equinus, but stretch felt in mid foot & not ankle/calf. Have CS in medial foot. Keep wearing?

Equinus: Try wearing a night splint that contours to the back of your leg. Stretching exercises, such as a heel drop of a step or a runner's stretch ie. lean into a wall with your arms extended and one leg back. Lean forward to stretch the calf. Hold all exercises 30 seconds, do 2 sets, 3 times per day. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Best way to remove toothpick from foot?

Best way to remove toothpick from foot?

Foreign body: If the tooth pick is lodged in your foot, you should disinfect it with alcohol then try to grab the end with tweezers. If the toothpick doesn't come out, please see your primary physician or podiatrist. You may also have to be placed on an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Stepped on a toothpick, foot is swollen, itchy and red. Should i go to a dr?

Stepped on a toothpick, foot is swollen, itchy and red.  Should i go to a dr?

Yes indeed: All signs that an infection is developing. This would mean immediate attention. Entrance wounds need to be cleansed and drained. Antibiotics are required to eradicate punter wound infections. Other consideration are the amount of time since injury and tetanus shot status. ...Read more

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16 year old male here. I inserted a lubricated toothpick into my urthera as a dare. The toothpick had been washed and doused with disenfectant beforehand. Headaches and cold feet and arms.

16 year old male here. I inserted a lubricated toothpick into my urthera as a dare. The toothpick had been washed and doused with disenfectant beforehand. Headaches and cold feet and arms.

Unrelated: I would suspect your symptoms are unrelated or stress induced because you are waiting for something bad to happen. I can't put the symptoms together with anything such an experiment would do. Take a hot bath or sauna and relax. It should pass. If problems persist see your doc. ...Read more

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Does it ever happen that a blister be popped with a toothpick?

Does it ever happen that a blister be popped with a toothpick?

Yes but don't do it!: An unpopped blister represents a closed sterile environment. Yes on occasion one can become infected then it is time to open it, however the risk of infection in a dressed open wound is still higher than that of an intact blister. The blister will gradually resolve with time. ...Read more

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I stepped on a toothpick and I can feel it under my skin but MRI couldn't see it. It is painful what should I do?

I stepped on a toothpick and I can feel it under my skin but MRI couldn't see it. It is painful what should I do?

Wood Foreign Body?: Usually these things show up on MRI as it can detect wood, which doesn't show up on plain X-ray films. if the object did not show up on MRI, then it has likely been removed completely and there may only be a few small remnant splinters. I assume you had the toothpick removed. Talk with the doc who ordered the MRI. You may have injured nerves in your foot, which is very painful. Followup w/ MD asap ...Read more

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Hi there. I was eating and think I might have swallowed a piece of toothpick. What do I do now?

Usually: A swallowed piece of toothpick ends in the stool. If such a person develops abdominal pain or vomiting of blood or blood in their stool the emergency room evaluation is indicated ...Read more

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Is using a toothpick bad for my teeth?

Is using a toothpick bad for my teeth?

Use sparingly: Toothpicks that are used overzealously can damage tooth enamel, lacerate gums, and even cause a broken tooth in severe cases. People who have bonding or veneers can chip or break them if they aren't careful. Overly aggressive use of toothpicks can severely wear the roots of teeth, especially in cases where gums have pulled away from the teeth and leave teeth with root surfaces exposed, in elderly. ...Read more

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Is dental floss more effective than a toothpick?

Is dental floss more effective than a toothpick?

Yes: Dental floss is more effective than a toothpick since floss can clean the surfaces of two teeth where they are touching each other while the toothpick can only clean in between the teeth under the point of contact. ...Read more

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My stool has a groove in it, almost like someone scraped a line with a toothpick. Should i be concerned?

My stool has a groove in it, almost like someone scraped a line with a toothpick. Should i be concerned?

No : I don't think you should be concerned. However, if you notice that the stool caliber is becoming thinner or if you see blood in the stool/from the rectum or if you have new change in your bowel movement/ worsening constipation, weight loss etc in addition to the above-especially if you have positive family history of cancer- you should see and discuss with your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Would Tdap help me almost 2 months after puncture wound (toothpick)? Concrned about sympts Ive had since injury. Or is it too late for me?

Would Tdap help me almost 2 months after puncture wound (toothpick)? Concrned about sympts Ive had since  injury. Or is it too late for me?

Too late for ??: As far as the initial injury, if you were going to get tetanus, you would have already, and suffered the consequences. Since the injury reminds you that you have let your protection laps, having the vaccine at this time would give you ten years of protection going forward.Any symptoms you have now would be related to another issue. ...Read more

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If my last question wasnt clear, what Im asking is if I got puncture wound (stepping on toothpick) 2 months ago can a Tdap help retroactively?

If my last question wasnt clear, what Im asking is if I got puncture wound (stepping on toothpick) 2 months ago can a Tdap help retroactively?

Not this late: Any break in the skin can allow tetanus germs in, and if they had established an infection, you would have had tetanus toxin traveling in your body within a week. A booster at least every ten yrs can protect you for the future, but it looks like you were lucky this time.Rusty nails are the classical story, but any cut can become infected with tetanus. ...Read more

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I ate a plastic toothpick about or less than half an inch. It is sharp, so I am freaking out; it has been 3 days , but I'm really freaking out...

Calm down: Your GI tract is used to handling sharp things like bone spears from an ordinary diet. You will no doubt pass the toothpick piece and never even no about it. ...Read more

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I cut my plantar warts out with a toothpick and used aldera on it too. Was that a safe decision?

I cut my plantar warts out with a toothpick and used aldera on it too. Was that a safe decision?

Well...: If it didn't get infected, then i guess you really didn't do any real harm. See a podiatrist for a better solution than bathroom surgery. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a tonsel stone if it is hard to access using a toothpick? Can it hurt me in the long run if I don't get rid of it?

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Don't use toothpick : Might cause significant bleeding which could be serious so please avoid. Usually they don't cause serious problems. I would usually recommend an ENT opinion about them and where removing the tonsils as a way of getting rid of the tonsolith is required or appropriate - they are often associated with recurrent tonsillitis. I suggest doctor or ENT consult to take things further. ...Read more

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I have small holes on the skin of the bottom of my left feet its not hurting its like some one stabbed my foot with a bunch of toothpicks. ?

I have small holes on the skin of the bottom of my left feet its not hurting its like some one stabbed my foot with a bunch of toothpicks. ?

Be seen: There can be many different reasons for your symptoms. Calluses, warts, clogged sweat glands, athletes foot and infection are some of the common reasons. You should be seen in person or virtually for a proper diagnosis and correct treatment plan! ...Read more

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I have small holes on the skin of the bottom of my left feet its not hurting its like some one stabbed my foot with a bunch of toothpicks. Help me out

I have small holes on the skin of the bottom of my left feet its not hurting its like some one stabbed my foot with a bunch of toothpicks. Help me out

Bottom Foot Holes: There is a condition you may have called Pitted Keratolysis that matches your description. Here is a link. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1053078-treatment ...Read more

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