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A terrible pain on the left side of my left foot that showed up out of nowhere?

By Anonymous January 2, 2015 - 8:47am
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I work retail and am always on my feet, but when I got home yesterday from work and relaxed for about an hour, I noticed a slight pain in my left foot. On the left side of my left foot whenever I tried to walk on it. As the night went on, the pain got worse until I was unable to put any pressure on it without extreme pain. This morning, the pain has gotten worse. I can't even put my foot down without almost breaking into tears from the pain. I have no idea what happened. I didn't hit my foot or twist it, that I remember. If anyone has any advice, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Kristin is right! There are a lot of causes for such sudden pains like plantar fasciitis, sprains, arthritis, bunions etc. If it is a normal pain then there is nothing to worry about! It will go away gradually. But since yours persist for a long period now and doesn’t show up any other symptoms, I believe it won’t be a critical problem. But to be on the safer side, check it with a doctor. I am a regular jogger and have encountered a sudden agonizing pain on my foot one day after jogging. I couldn’t even stand on my foot without calling for help. My husband took me to a well known foot clinic in Mississauga ( http://www.erinmillshealth.com/services/chiropodyfootcare/ ) which helped me get rid of that excruciating pain. Apart from the treatment I did (chiropody) there is an other similar treatment called reflexology. Since you haven’t specified any details it is better to consult a specialist to know which treatment is apt to opt for.

February 2, 2015 - 4:47am

Hi Anon,

Thank you for the update and for letting me know! I am glad it is not an infection or fracture (most likely) and just a pinched nerve. Although, still painful you are able to wait to see her. 

Keep me posted...

Happy New Year!


January 5, 2015 - 1:34pm
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I have taken your advise and called my doctor. Unfortunately, I can not see her for a week. She believes it can be a pinched nerve or something along those lines. She has advised me to put my leg elevated and stay off of it as much as possible. There is no swelling or redness which she said is a good thing. Kristin, I do want to thank you for reply and your advise. I will let you know what the doctor says when I see her. Again, thank you so much.

January 2, 2015 - 2:29pm

Dear Anon,

Thank you for reaching out to the EmpowHER community and sharing your question.

I am sorry that you are feeling this pain in your foot. It sounds unusual since you don't suspect that you injured, twisted or dropped something on it. 

Sudden foot pain (with no known explanation) could be any number of things.

From a fracture to a pinched nerve to an infection in the foot.

Sometimes fractures, especially stress fractures, are not always obvious and would need to an X-ray to diagnose.

Is there any swelling? Is there any redness? This could be the sign of an infection.

Anon, since you are in this much pain, I would advise you to go to the urgent care or call your doctor to see if they can get you in for an exam and X-ray.

Most likely the pain will not subside on it's own and only a physician can tell you for sure the root cause of the problem.

Did this help? Will you let me know if you are able to go to the doctor?




January 2, 2015 - 12:11pm
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