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I wasn't sure whether to put this in Life Advice or here...Still not sure this topic is in the right place. 

 

Anyway, yesterday I noticed my left foot kind of hurt. The pain is mainly in the ball of my foot, around the area just before my big toe starts. It hurts to stretch the toe upwards and to walk. It stops hurting only a little when I sit/lay down. The pain has gotten worse since yesterday and this morning I could barely walk. The pain seemed to lessen a little as the day progressed. I do not do any sports at all. I don't remember stumbling, tripping, or falling. There is literally no reason that my foot should hurt. It's not inflamed, it's not red, no other part of it hurts. Just the area immediately behind my big toe. 

 

I'm not really looking for someone to diagnose it (though you could try, if you're a doctor of some sort). But if anyone has ever had anything like this happen to them, please tell me what you did about it. 

 

I've looked pretty much everywhere and the only answer I could come up with was like sesamoiditis, but with sesamoiditis, the foot is swollen. So I'm turning to you guys. 

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It is quite possibly Tendonitis if you have been doing any kind of rigorous exercise or excessive walking? Tendonitis is a condition in which a tendon in the body (usually the arm, shoulder or foot) Gets overworked and inflamed. It usually lasts between a week and two weeks and there isn't much of cure because it is not a muscular issue, it is a tendonal issue. 

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Go see a doctor. Even if there is one on here, he/she's not gonna be able to help you very much if they can't see you in person. It could be something serious. I'd say go see a foot specialist or something, and get an X-ray. But again, I'm not a doctor.

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I wasn't sure whether to put this in Life Advice or here...Still not sure this topic is in the right place. 

 

Anyway, yesterday I noticed my left foot kind of hurt. The pain is mainly in the ball of my foot, around the area just before my big toe starts. It hurts to stretch the toe upwards and to walk. It stops hurting only a little when I sit/lay down. The pain has gotten worse since yesterday and this morning I could barely walk. The pain seemed to lessen a little as the day progressed. I do not do any sports at all. I don't remember stumbling, tripping, or falling. There is literally no reason that my foot should hurt. It's not inflamed, it's not red, no other part of it hurts. Just the area immediately behind my big toe. 

 

I'm not really looking for someone to diagnose it (though you could try, if you're a doctor of some sort). But if anyone has ever had anything like this happen to them, please tell me what you did about it. 

 

I've looked pretty much everywhere and the only answer I could come up with was like sesamoiditis, but with sesamoiditis, the foot is swollen. So I'm turning to you guys. 

 

Actually, on rereading this it also seems like it could be a hairline fracture on the connective joint between foot and toe. I would definitely see a doctor about this, as this may be the case.

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I wasn't sure whether to put this in Life Advice or here...Still not sure this topic is in the right place. 

 

Anyway, yesterday I noticed my left foot kind of hurt. The pain is mainly in the ball of my foot, around the area just before my big toe starts. It hurts to stretch the toe upwards and to walk. It stops hurting only a little when I sit/lay down. The pain has gotten worse since yesterday and this morning I could barely walk. The pain seemed to lessen a little as the day progressed. I do not do any sports at all. I don't remember stumbling, tripping, or falling. There is literally no reason that my foot should hurt. It's not inflamed, it's not red, no other part of it hurts. Just the area immediately behind my big toe. 

 

I'm not really looking for someone to diagnose it (though you could try, if you're a doctor of some sort). But if anyone has ever had anything like this happen to them, please tell me what you did about it. 

 

I've looked pretty much everywhere and the only answer I could come up with was like sesamoiditis, but with sesamoiditis, the foot is swollen. So I'm turning to you guys. 

Actually what you probably have is a fallen arch.  I get those due to some issues I have of my own, but they are quite common and can come out of no where.  Since you didn't appear to have a predispossition I would just recommend going to a specialist (Either for your foot doctor {Whatever they are called} Or the chiropractor) Since I see mine while my back is out, they taped up my foot to fix the fallen arch.  Anyways, Hope this helped.

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From growing up with a mother with arthritis, I'd speculate it could be arthritis. Maybe a cyst. Or as Sturdy Wing said, tendonitis.

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Thanks for all the answers, guys! I really appreciate. I am probably going to go to the doctor if the pain doesn't subside by tomorrow. 

 

In the meantime I've ruled out two answers: tendonitis and fallen arch. It can't be tendonitis because my foot doesn't hurt in the right place. With tendonitis, it would hurt towards my ankle, but it doesn't. It can't be a fallen arch, either, because my foot isn't flat. 

 

But thank you all the same. As said I'm most likely going to go to a doctor tomorrow if the pain doesn't go away. 

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Thanks for all the answers, guys! I really appreciate. I am probably going to go to the doctor if the pain doesn't subside by tomorrow. 

 

In the meantime I've ruled out two answers: tendonitis and fallen arch. It can't be tendonitis because my foot doesn't hurt in the right place. With tendonitis, it would hurt towards my ankle, but it doesn't. It can't be a fallen arch, either, because my foot isn't flat. 

 

But thank you all the same. As said I'm most likely going to go to a doctor tomorrow if the pain doesn't go away. 

 

Good, that is definitely the best solution. I am a theology major, and hardly the best authority to refer to in regards to medical issues :) I just had the same thing happen with my big toe when I fractured it.

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Good, that is definitely the best solution. I am a theology major, and hardly the best authority to refer to in regards to medical issues :) I just had the same thing happen with my big toe when I fractured it.

 

Was your toe swollen when you fractured it? (My toe isn't swollen at all).

And you're right, a professional doctor is the best way to go...

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Was your toe swollen when you fractured it? (My toe isn't swollen at all).

And you're right, a professional doctor is the best way to go...

 

Yes it was, massively swollen. I was in a race and fractured my toe off the starting block. So if it isn't swollen you may not have the same issue I had. 

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Yes it was, massively swollen. I was in a race and fractured my toe off the starting block. So if it isn't swollen you may not have the same issue I had. 

 

Yeah probably not. My toe isn't swollen, or red, and it doesn't hurt to apply pressure. Only when I walk or stretch my does does it hurt. 

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Well, when I was in middle school, also in no athletics and rarely active, my foot arches would hurt for no reason. What kind of pain does it feel like? bruise or just like you're straining it to hard? Mine was the latter. My mother told me that it happened to her at her age, so we thought that it was a growth pain. I don't know how old you are, but it helped me just to rub it out and ice it every so often.

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Several times I've experienced something like that, but I could always determine its cause. Every time it was caused by one of three things: either I bent my foot too far back at the middle while stretching, I overextended my big toe while attempting to crack the knuckle, or after excessive periods of walking and running over the course of several days.

 

A bad habit of mine is cracking my knuckles. Most of the time I do it by pushing down on my fingers, forcibly balling them into a fist you could say. I also crack my toes in a similar fashion, except my big toes can't be cracked with that little pressure. I curl the toe under my foot and stomp down on it. Usually this causes no pain, but done too many times in too short a period and it can cause severe and lasting pain throughout the section of my foot that's currently bothering you.

 

Even if you don't walk or run frequently it's possible you shifted too much weight into a precarious position at some point. Obviously you would know if either of the other two were the cause, so we can rule them out. However, I'm sure the cause is just overextension of a muscle. One of my aunts once broke a toe an didn't realize it until it started getting discolored a day or two later because it hurt just enough to be annoying. Unless you're also upwards of 90 years-old, I find that a highly unlikely scenario.

 

 

Hey, look at that. I just revealed yet another of my strange habits.

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Guys, I thank you for your help but it's actually not needed anymore ^-^ The pain went away yesterday. (I have no idea why, but I'm not going to look into it too much. After all, it's gone, right?)

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Guys, I thank you for your help but it's actually not needed anymore ^-^ The pain went away yesterday. (I have no idea why, but I'm not going to look into it too much. After all, it's gone, right?)

 

Good to hear! I am glad that the pain is gone, but if it starts hurting once more you got to promise you will get it checked out by a doctor :)

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Good to hear! I am glad that the pain is gone, but if it starts hurting once more you got to promise you will get it checked out by a doctor :)

Fine. Cross my heart, hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye. I promise I will go to the doctor if my foot starts hurting once more. 

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@@Strawberry Tart,

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gout

 

I think that it's gout since it's more common but you should go see a doctor anyway to find out.It's possible that you  might've somehow fracture a bone too.

They'd know if was gout, trust me, it has some nasty visual signs. My stepdad had it and it looked almost like a gangrene infection in his toe.

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They'd know if was gout, trust me, it has some nasty visual signs. My stepdad had it and it looked almost like a gangrene infection in his toe.

He didn't get it checked in time, I had it but there were no visible symptoms apart from very slight swelling and minor pain when walking.

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He didn't get it checked in time, I had it but there were no visible symptoms apart from very slight swelling and minor pain when walking.

 

Tart said she's in so much pain she can hardly stand up there, so I'm guessing it would be showing by now if it was gout, I'm thinking it might be a fracture, like other's have said. 

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