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ask: Pain in the left side of my left foot.

By Anonymous
 
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I developed pain in the left side of my left foot after walking my dog and training her to heel. I would walk until she pulled then I would stop and stomp my foot. The next day my foot started hurting and within 3 days I couldn't put any weight on the back of my foot at all. I could still walk on my tip toes on that side, but after a few more days that was causing other parts of me to hurt too ( my calf, my hip, and my toes). I went to the doctor when it started aching even when I wasn't on it, and it was waking me up at night with pain. She looked at it (not swollen or red) and had an X-Ray done, but the x-ray showed nothing. She gave me a perscription for crutches and instructions to stay off it. I'm a mom and home maker, I don't have the option to stay off my feet. So I have used the crutches the best I can now my sides hands and arms hurt too from the crutches. I tried soaking my foot in warm water and that made it worse...so I found that icing it helps most....I know I'm only supposed to keep the ice on for 20 minutes, but it numbs it so well I try to keep it cold all the time. It's been about 2 weeks now, and I'm not sure what else I can do. Any advice?

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Pat Elliott HERWriter Guide

Anon - Unfortunately your doctor's advice to stay off the foot so it could heal was good advice. When you are active and putting pressure on your foot it puts pressure on the muscles and tendons instead of allowing them to recover and heal. This is going to lengthen your overall recovery time.

Crutches can cause pain when they are not at the right height or used properly. The following article may help: http://www.ehow.com/how_13092_crutches.html

Since you have been dealing with this pain for two weeks you may also want to call your doctor's office to find out if this is normal or if this is a concern and you need to be seen again or evaluated again.

Hope you feel better soon.

November 4, 2010 - 6:56pm
talairatygrin (reply to Pat Elliott)

Thank you for your advice. I did try to stay off my foot as much as possible. I also found that putting a flexible ice pack in my shoe helped with the pain and cushioned my foot. My foot is finally starting to feel better.

November 5, 2010 - 7:51am
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