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One Swollen Painful Foot - Not Broken

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  • Posted By: bigwoodenhand
  • July 21, 2009
  • 00:01 AM

Hi, I'm a 41 year old female. Two years ago after an extended period of kneeling I stood up and my right foot was hugely swollen across the top and including the toes and painful down the length of the fifth metatarsal. I was xrayed but they found nothing. My GP said it was not uncommon for stress fractures to be missed on xray and prescribed 6 to 8 weeks of putting no weight on my foot, which I duly did. The swelling never went completely, though the pain diminished, from then on it was always minorly swollen but causing no trouble.

8 weeks ago my foot became painful again and I was unable to put weight through it. It was badly swollen and I attended hospital. Two xrays showed nothing, they put an air cast on and treated again as stress fracture. I've also had a isotope bone scan and that showed some disintinegration of the joint of the big toe but no break or past break on the fifth metatarsal (there's no swelling by the big toe but it has historically been uncomfortable and i presumed rheumatism). I have had blood tests for arthritis and gout and while there was an indication of minor inflammation there was nothing to indicate a major problem with either.

I'm waiting for the result of a bone density scan (based on the idea that it had broken twice) and have now been referred for an MRI. The specialist said he had 'no idea' what was wrong nor had his colleagues through he said he could see that something clearly is wrong. My foot is a full shoe size bigger and can't tolerate any straps or lace up style. My other foot is completely normal but am forced to wear an oversized pair of padded leisure shoes with my suit for work.:eek:

I don't drink or smoke, I'm a little overweight but had lost 30lbs prior to this problem reoccuring. Before this I walked the dogs, used the stairs etc but not the gym. I'm still working full time but have to rely on a stick to take some weight and find the pressure needed to press the pedals too painful to drive.

Any ideas of what this might be would be greatly appreciated. I've got at least 5 to 8 weeks for the MRI results and just can't figure out what is behind this. :confused:

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