Patient Comments: Foot Pain - Diagnosis


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Comment from: Oldbookman, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 02

Several months ago I began to find walking difficult. I felt as if my steps were uncoordinated, even out of balance. Now I refrain from walking as much as possible. The bottom of my feet feel as if they were walking on marbles. My calves feel tender, tingly with muscle pain in my calves. Finally the inside of my knees ache. Even if I don’t walk at all day, the minute I get up to stand, I feel the pain immediately from toes to heel, up through my leg to my knees. I feel as if I need to have both legs amputated above the knee!

Comment from: Theresa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I have had bilateral pain in my heels, the balls of my feet and ankles for 25 years. I have seen many doctors but still do not have a diagnosis. By the end of the day I can barely walk. Inactivity does not bring relief. I have had injections into my spine but that has not provided relief. Physical therapy has not helped. Symptoms came on suddenly.

Comment from: missile, Male (Patient) Published: June 12

I have been to a family doctor 3 times and a foot and ankle specialist twice. No one seems to know what's causing my foot pain. It’s in the left foot only and it’s not all the time. I know it’s not plantar Fasciitis, I know it’s not gout. The foot specialist thought it was because my left arch is higher than my right. That wasn't it either. Does anyone out there have a clue?

Comment from: HKFJ, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I've had tightness in my heel where the Achilles tendon joins. Pain only occurs when my leg is straight and I am engaged in a stretch like downward dog in yoga (foot is in dorsiflexion). There is also a slight numbness on that area of my heel. Additionally I have sharp nerve pain on the top of my foot from my small toe back towards below my ankle joint. When I press on the fleshy area directly between my ankle joint and the back of my ankle/Achilles, I can feel the nerve tingle back to my toe.

Comment from: Alison 0905, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 10

I have had extremely painful right foot underneath near the heel. It is very painful to walk on and it burns. It is a deep sharp pain. I am about to seek medical advice as it is getting worse. I keep soaking it with salt water and I am very careful what shoes or boots I wear. I can’t wear heels. I have no idea what it could be.

Comment from: Mary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I have severe pain on the outer side of my left foot. I thought it was my shoes, so I went and bought a new pair of shoes and they didn't help. I wear thick socks for a little padding, and that doesn't help. I don't wear my shoes in my house until I need to leave, and this doesn't help either. The pain has gotten to about a 7 on the pain scale. I try rubbing it and nothing helps. I really can't afford another doctor bill because I just had a knee replacement on the opposite leg. I am at a loss.

Comment from: Dhighway, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 10

I had pain in my little toe on my left foot. I went to the doctor, and he said it was an artery blockage. I had bilateral stents put in legs, blood returned to foot, but I still had pain. The doctor removed the toenail on my little toe over two weeks ago, but I still have a lot of pain on the top of foot and side of little toe.

Comment from: HanRa, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

Overnight, I suddenly felt a sharp stabbing like throbbing in my left foot, where the ankle meets the tibia, about once each 2 to 3 minutes. However, the pain woke me up, this time the 'stabbings' were about once each 30 to 45 seconds. There's no obvious signs of injury.


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