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9 years and no answer

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 16, 2007
  • 08:01 PM

I have had a pain in the middle of my foot for 9 years now it started when i was 5 the doctors told my mother that it was just growing pains and that i would grow out of it now I'm older and there is no sign of it stopping. It's kind of hard to explain but i will try my best to make it as detailed as possible. The middle of my foot is half way numb. If i touch it i can feel it but if i hit it there is no pain but i can that something hit it. It's this way all the time and has been. The pain is chronic however. Heat triggers the pain usually a fan helps but sometimes it's so bad that nothing can stop it. When i was in 8th grade my foot would always hurt in math, english, and history class around the same time everyday. My mother does not understand the pain I am going through neither does the doctor. My doctor tells me it's not that sevre even though it has worsen over 9 years. Another sign that has recently appeared is my temper. When my foot is hurting I tend to have less patience and my temper flares more often. The doctor tells me i have this pain because I'm flat footed. I know alot of flat footed people and they have o idea what's wrong with me. The doctor can't give me an exact diagnosis so they've told me to were arch supports. 3 doctors have given me arch supports from the store and custom ones as well and none of them work. I'm tired of having this pain does anyone know what's wrong with me?

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  • Your doctors are probably right about your foot, but maybe you need some other things along with your shoe inserts, like physical therapy, medicines, etc. Tell your folks that you should see a podiatrist (foot doctor). One thing that helped me a lot was to stop wearing thick padded socks with my inserts. I wear the thinnest socks I can, and that gives my feet more support. I know it's nasty, but wearing lace up boring "oxfords" are the best shoes for your feet. I hate mine, but love the way I feel! Don't give up! Keep telling people you hurt & get them to listen. Pain makes most people cranky-- you're normal. Best wishes!
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • December 18, 2007
    • 05:16 PM
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  • Flatfoot-related conditions, such as various forms of tarsal coalition (two or more bones in the midfoot or hindfoot abnormally joined) or an accessory navicular (extra bone on the side of the foot) should be treated promptly, usually by the very early teen years, before a child's bone structure firms up permanently as a young adult. Both tarsal coalition and an accessory navicular can be confirmed by x-ray. Have you had xrays? Because young children are unlikely to suspect or identify flat feet on their own, it is a good idea for parents or other adult caregivers to check on this themselves. Besides visual inspection, parents should notice whether a child begins to walk oddly, for example on the outer edges of the feet, or to limp, during long walks, and to ask the child whether he or she feels foot pain (which some have described as feeling like a nail going through the foot) during such walks. Children who complain about calf muscle pains or any other pains around the foot area, are likely to have flat feet. A recent randomized controlled trial found no evidence for the treatment of flat feet in children either for expensive prescribed othoses (shoe inserts) or less expensive over-the-counter orthoses. There is little debate, however, that going barefoot, particularly over terrain such as a beach where muscles are given a good workout, is good for all but the most extremely flatfooted, or those with certain related conditions such as plantar fasciitis. One medical study in India with a large sample size of children who had grown up wearing shoes and others going barefoot, found that the longitudinal arches of the barefooters were generally strongest and highest as a group, and that flat feet were less common in children who had grown up wearing sandals or slippers than among those who had worn closed-toe shoes. Go barefoot whenever possible and see a podiatrist as suggested above. I'd be cranky too if I had the feeling of nails going into my feet!
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 10:45 AM
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