Tendonitis In Foot Started With Pain Like A Deep Muscle Bruise.
When I stand on it the pressure hurts the dotted line and then moves up to the solid line and the pain stays. The solid line is also where the bubble used to be.
A dull gradual pain (almost like a deep muscle bruise) started in my left foot about a year and a half ago. I suspected from the change in my sneakers. I basically ignored the pain thinking I was just suffering from sore feet from the change of shoes.
About two weeks of me keep using it, I realized it was getting worse. I also notice that it looked swollen in the area. Then out of no where I got a severe sharp pain (about a 7 1/2) in the arch of my foot closer to the heel.
I don't like going to the doctors or using prescription medications. Everything I use is homeopathic and I take Dr. Wallach supplements (Vitamins and Minerals) everyday. So, I tried self diagnosing by using the internet. I had originally thought that I was suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. Thinking that, I bought myself a night brace and stayed off my foot. (Information that I was told to help with that kind of injury)
I believe I had stayed off my foot by bracing and using crutches to get around (which just wrecked my back) , for about 2 weeks.(Which lessened the pain about 50%)
I also went to my local health food store and got homeopathic pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. (Just took the edge off the pain)
Also to try and bring down the inflammation I elevated it. (Which made it feel weird/uncomfortable. Pain about a 2 )
I tried applying an ice pack to it. (It really did not like it. Pain about a 5 )
I applied heat. (It made it feel good. Pain 0)
After about 4-5 months of pain I bought a conformer diabetic boot because it was soft to walk in because any pressure on that part of my foot was painful. Pain varied from day to day. (3-5)
5-6 months I bought memory foam sneakers. Along with that I tried shoe insole inserts. I tried shoe lifts. (Pain 3-5)
After nothing was working I decided to do some more research because I was trying to cure plantar faciitis and nothing was helping. My pain just always kept coming back. More research later I seen that my pain wasn't really in the plantar region it was more up on the arch so, I concluded that I must have tendonitis in the tendon in that area.
After about 9 months of trying everything (Pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, crutches, a plantar faciitis brace, a diabetic walking boot, lift, insoles, elevating it, pain relieving gels, heat, ice, and totally staying off of it) I finally bought a Drive medical knee walker. Just to be able to get around and totally stay off my foot.
After almost 12 months, I found some forms of people with my same problem and how their doctors
can't help them. One man said that he got so sick of the pain, staying off this foot and not being able to go to work, he wrapped it really tight with an ace bandage. After trying everything I tried it. At first it hurt to wrap it. So I cycled the wrap on and off. Finally after a little while (A day or 2) it actually started to feel good wrapped.
Also after about a week the swollen bubble that was in that area (arch, closer to heal), completely went away. In that time of wrapping it, I was also able to walk with minimal pain (0-1)
I've since kept wrapping it, but my pain has never fully gone away. Pain now is 1-4 on any given day. Sometimes I'm able to walk and sometimes it hurts too much to continue walking and I have to sit and rest for awhile.
How can I fully get rid of the pain?
I read your page and I tried you advice with the ice water and dipping my foot. And it made my foot feel good (Pain 1). But my pain always comes back.
*I've included a picture. When I stand on it the pressure hurts the dotted line and then moves up to the solid line and the pain stays. The solid line is also where the bubble used to be.
I have a variety of thoughts, but some questions first.
1. How old are you?
2. History of previous foot pain or injury?
3. How long did it take to go from 'no pain' to 'dull gradual pain' to 'so bad I can't walk on it'?
4. If you stay off your foot for a week, A. does that leave you pain free and B. getting back on your feet and walking around, how long does it take to go from pain free (after being off it a week) to pain?
5. Swollen bubble? What? Say more about that. (Bubble??)
6. Any bruising or discoloration?
7. ONLY the left foot? Other side is completely fine? ----------------------
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expertwww.TendonitisExpert.com