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08 Jan 2005

Worrying over mysterious and annoying pain in foot.
Hi
Can you please tell me how I would know if the pain in my foot is morton's neuroma or a stress fracture? It neither swollen, nor red, nor can i feel a hardening.
It's location is on the outside of my left foot's last metatarsal bone. I run about 28Km a week, but I first noticed this pain during an off day. I wore sandals and walked quite a bit doing shopping. It is a sharpish pain that is relieved by rest, ice and walking barefoot.

Can I run with it??? Or should I rather go to a dr? I don't want to rest from running, as I do NOT want to lose any fitness. But i also don't want to cause permanent damage to my foot.
What if i only take anti inflammatories and scale down the ammount of running i do...from 28 km per week to, say, 20? or 16 even?
HELP as i neither want to lose my running nor my foot!
I NEED to run. I would go crazy and fat if I can't run.

Sorry that this is getting to be very long. But here's the final thing: two years ago I torn my left ankle's outside ligament, and had reconstructive surgery done. Could this be the cause of my current dilemma perhaps?
(I didn't have any problems with my ankle since)
Should I maybe go to the orthopedic surgeon who did the op? Or to a gp? Or not at all?
Thanks for your time and attention.
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physiotherapist

01 Jan 0001

Hi Worrying girl

The mind is a scary thing when we are running through 'what it could be?'
The best is to get yourself off to a sports physio who will assess and give you some certainty, and allow you to sleep well tonight.

Douglas
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