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    A bony swelling at the base joint of the big toe which causes the toe to be angled inwards, towards the second toe. Read more →

    my right foot has been swollen for the last five years approx. it was x rayed and there was nothing broken. ive never had swelling of any other body parts and my left foot is normal. i stopped wearing high heeled shoes as a result and i have to buy bigger more comfortable shoes as the right foot needs more room to be comfortable.when im wearing the flat shoes the swelling doesnt appear so bad but if i was to wear high heels for a day, the swelling increases. the swelling is at the top of my foot and also there is a hard swelling at the right front of my ankle.





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    I am 47 year old woman, in January I hurt my foot/ toe by kicking a heavy box. I went to A & E had n x ray and they told me I had fractured it and made an appointment for 3 days later to go to the fractures clinic. I had no swelling just very painful to touch on the foot and toe joint. Fracture clinic said I had arthritis in my toe and sent me away. Still now(April) my foot is still very painful and putting pressure on it is very painful at times. I have had no swelling at all. Should I go back to doctor for further conformation of arthritis.





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    am a 19 year old female over the last week my right leg and foot has swollen up and i have try loads of painkillers to try and get rid of the pain but i have had test done but all the doctors have told me is that i have something wrong with my liver could the swelling in my leg and foot because by it.





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    I have an infected verruca on the ball of my foot. I have been on anitbiotics for 8 days and it is getting no better. I am unable to walk on my foot as it is so painful. The infection and swelling goes up to my toe next to the little toe. I attended my GP who sent me to A & E, They told me i needed to go back to my GP and get a refferal to podiatry. I am now told this could take over a week or more for my appointment. Please is there anything else i could do.





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    Im 47 female both my feet and calfs swell if I've only been standing or walking for a short time my feet get so painful that sometimes I end up crying with the pain, they swell dramatically and the only way I can get swelling down is to stay in bed for 24hrs and then my feet and legs feel permanently bruised, I've also got I large hard lump on the bottom of my left foot and 2 under my right foot which are very tender to touch and sometimes imposs to walk, standing still is too painful this has been going on approx 6yrs and is getting worse I had urine sample taken and doctor said all was normal Also had X-ray nothin abnormal found!!!!! I also get shooting pains in my left big toe doc thought it could be gout...... But tests came back negative this all seemed to start from a twinge in my right middle toe followed by it swelling and swelling within 5hrs my whole leg doubled in size and then I was crippled in agony with shooting pains moving all over both legs doctors rushed me to hospital for possible blood clot........ And yep you guessed it. Nothin abnormal found. Maz





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    I'm having exactly the same symptoms and as you say, nothing seems to be resolved at doctors with it, despite having high blood pressure, diabetes and coronary heart disease run in family, does anyone even care at my doctors I sometimes wonder.

    im 14 almost 15 and i cant remember when i first started having these verrucas, i cant wear sandals because of the one growing on the side of my foot in total i have 1 on my left foot [on the ball of my foot] and 3 on my right foot [2 on the ball of my foot and 1 on the side of my foot] ive frozen them so many times and when i start to think they're going they flare up again :S what else can i do?





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    Hi ! At the end of January this year, somebody stood on my foot in a club with heels on. For a couple of weeks, my foot was painful and very bruised, however I could walk on it and move my toes so I didn't think I needed to get it checked out. Having previously breaking my ankle and leg, it was obvious to me that my foot was perfectly mobile, despite the bruising.Now ( 3 months after), I still have bruising down the side of my foot and pain if I apply pressure to it or wear tight fitting shoes. I also dance a lot and am experiencing pain in my foot after I have been dancing for a while. Is it worth( or too late )getting my foot checked now? And do you think anything even would be able to be done to it if there was a problem, due to how long it's been left? Thanks for reading!





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    I am 16, nearly 17 and 5 foot 9. My farther is 6 foot 4, and my mum is 5 foot 5. How tall will i get before i stop growing?





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    You stop growing at 21 unless you have a growth problem where you dont stop growing I am 6 foot 5 so youay be taller than that.

    I had a adult circumcision 1 year ago, however, there is still considerable swelling. Is there any corrective surgery to deal with this? It does not seem as if the swelling will go down. THanks





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    I have a question regarding foot blisters. I know someone who has a blister on the back of each foot. It started out as a normal blister but after 7 years the blister has become very hard and feels like bone. When the foot is upright its like a big lump sticking out of the back of the foot. Like I said its very hard, like bone. What advice is there available for such a problem? Is it something that will need operating on?





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    The sole of my foot itches and burns. I have had athletes foot before but it is not present at the moment. It is worse at night. I have had a problem with my foot swelling for about 5 years. The foot swells for no reason but does not hurt.I have been to see a specialist but they could not find a reason as to why it swells. It maybe the valves not opening in my leg properly. I amusing anti fungal cream but it does not work. Any advice would be appreciated.





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    I believe myself to have lymphoedema and my doctor is saying I am making it up and will not refer me as I am too young and there is no swelling. The swelling IS there and only in my left foot. This has been so bad I have had to go to my local A&E dept as I lost all blood in my toes. Again, they just asked if I was pregnant (not at all, not even overweight) and told that as it is only one foot there was no point to investigate any treatment. I pushed and pushed and reluctantly they sent me for an ultrasound of my leg to the groin, they found no clots and have since ignored me and said I was fine. It has not been almost 10 years and I am now 27, I cannot wear sandals in the summer and can hardly bend the toes. I am at my wits end and get very depressed about it, would like some advice please please please.





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    I am 33 and female. I'm otherwise fairly healthy. I woke up a week ago with a very swollen big toe joint on my left foot. I assumed it was bunions finally getting bad. However, during the day the swelling increased like crazy. I drank a lot of whiskey that night at the super bowl and went to work the next day. The swelling and discomfort got so bad that I finally left work and went to a podiatrist. He said right away, "That is NOT bunions. That is gout." I had no idea what gout was, although I had heard the term. This last week has been very strange with a foot twice its normal size. I had to continue going to my desk job, but walking to do anything was such an uncomfortable ordeal. I had to cut an Ugg-like boot into a slipper because I could not fit my foot into a normal shoe. I had a terrible limp and had a lot of people at work ask what the problem was. I have always been a heavy drinker, but the last month or so it has been almost every night getting buzzed or drunk. I usually drank whiskey. I'm also usually dehydrated due to drinking alcohol and not drinking enough water. I am now finally motivated to stop drinking. I haven't had any alcohol in six days. Whatever it takes to avoid experiencing this again... I find that sitting with my foot straight out in front of me while sitting on the floor brings the greatest relief. Sitting in a normal position with feet on floor causes more swelling and fluid retention in my foot. My foot felt like it would explode. After sitting 10+ hours a day, it was very hard to get up and walk out to my car at the end of the day. I started putting it straight out on a box, and that seemed to help. I also put ice on it as often as I can. I've read that ice isn't good, but I do it because it feels good and takes the swelling down a bit. My doctor told me to take a warm bath, but that hurt the foot like crazy. I'm now at the end of Day 7 and the foot seems to be slowly getting back to normal. The swelling is still there and I still have some pain, but hopefully I can put on a normal shoe in a day or two. I've also been taking Indomethacin since the end of Day 2. It doesn't seem to help much, but that may be due to waiting so long to start medication after my attack began. I wake up in the morning with more pain than other times, and the medicine does seem to lessen the pain. However, it doesn't seem to help with swelling for me.





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    I've been taking allopurinol daily (now 400mg) started on 100mg..and I've not had an attack of severe gout for more than 10yrs..I have the odd niggle but that's all..hope this helps

    cut alcohol altogether and stop eating anything high in purine i e red meat even drinks containing glucose fructose syrup. try eating a lot of fresh black cherries or prommegranete juice or get some apple cider vinegar tablets to control your ph balance hope you get better.

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    Eureka! I have gone undiagnosed for over 10 years - this is why my foot keeps swelling painfully and unattractively! Misdiagnosis of gout (on one foot!) fallen arches, allergies and bites finally laid to rest. Thank you! I am off to the doctor!





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    I have the same problem, i am only twenty i have bunions on both feet, i have been x rayed on my left foot as lately i have swelling pain and numbness/ pins and needles. My foot can be cold but also hot but i cant find any relief. My drs dont know what it is so i am receiving a second opinion. Does this sound like the bunion is causing it? Thanks

    I stood on an urchin in the sea in Southern Italy. The locals told me to soak a cloth in olive oil and wrap it around my foot overnight. The following morning - with slight pressure, the spines shot out of my foot, and the swelling died down with hours. I have applied this principle to splinters since, and it works every time :D





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    I had a swelling under my right big toe 18 months ago, my local doctor advised it was gout, however, the only pain was when I tried to stand on my foot due to the swelling. After the swelling went down there was no pain at all, but this condition has left me with a tingling in my feet with the feeling of the base of my feet being slightly swollen from time to time, I have no medication, in good health, normal blood pressure and 62 years old. All the information on gout indicates severe pain, I have not had any pain, can anyone offer any explanation for this condition, I lead a normal life with the condition and would like to know why this just appeared, thank you.





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    my boyfriend has been suffering with pain in his left toe for about 3 weeks now, it started with the pain then swelling which moved from his toe to his foot then the ankle. After a trip to the doctors he was given some tablets that took away the swelling and some of the pain. But then a week later the pain in his toe got worse so we went back to the doctors, they said it wasnt gout as his uric acid levels are fine but it could be something to do with his blood. We are still none the wiser of what could be wrong, do you have any suggestions?





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    My 17 month old son has this condition. He had it from birth but then it went away. When he was 6 months it came back again. He suffers from no pain with this and it does not hinder him in any way. We had numerous hospital visits before they diagnosed him. His foot and calf were very swollen.His skin didnt change,it didnt turn blue or red like some comments have reported. Our last visit to the hospital my son was fitted with an elasticated bandage which puts pressure on the swollen areas. My son has to ware this all the time, but taken off at bedtime. Swimming also helps this condition and on our next visit to the hospital they are going to show us a massaging technique. My son can where normal shoes or trainers. The pressure from these will help the swelling of the foot. It has been 7 months since my soon first wore the bandage and the swelling has gone down loads. Our next appointment is april. Hopefully we can move on to the next stage of treatment then.





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    Hello. Just over a year ago I was diagnose with an ovarian cyst which caused much pain and swelling of my abdomen. I had the cyst removed aswel as a fallopien tube, due to swelling. Since my surgery my consultant told me that the swelling to my abdomen would lessen, but this dosent have seemed to happen. I have tryed to exercise to lessen the swelling. Have you got any tips or ideas which may help, as the swelling reduces my confidence?





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    Hi Kimberley I have exactly the same condition mine started about 4 years after I had my second child when I was 40. since then my left leg and foot swell every day unless its extremely cold or I have bound my foot and leg with a fairly tight bandage. I have not worn skirts since then and used to wear ankle boots every day and cover the rest with my trousers. Its very very embarrassing people stare if they see it, often I cant get any footware on at all and a couple of times I couldnt get to work because nothing fitted and I just couldnt squash the swelling in. Its a miserable condition. I had zillions of tests done and the hospital told me it was an unknown odema. I am 56 and it still the same. Overtime I have found a few other women who had left foot and leg odema. wish something could be done.

    I am 44 and i have deformed right foot size 2 and a size 6 left foot. I have operations on the right foot to try and straighten foot and toes but it has not worked. My right leg is very week and thinner than the left. The left leg and foot is my life saver as it keeps me upright and walking. I also have a curved spine! SHOULD I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CP BEFORE NOW?? For the last 2 years my left foot is hurting at the ball of my foot when standing and walking like a stabbing pain and then the foot goes numb and I can't move I became paralysed to a point trying to move the foot leg to the nearest seat. I have been to hospital and they have said I have CP I have never been told this before?? What do I do?? The said I have to get a operation now on the left leg to stretch tendon??





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    Hello, I need help. I have had a foot complaint for around 7 years now and it started with intense itching around the little toe on my right foot (only affects one foot) of course the first thought is athletes foot but I do not get a build up of fungal. Over the years this has spread to all the other toes and all along the sole of my foot. My whole foot itches so bad I cannot describe it! And the skin is so dry. However it does not have the sponge effect as people have mentioned here. Also some of my nails have been effected having a yellowish colour and grow ridged and brittle. This is horrible for me and can never build up the courage to go to the doctors. I really want my foot back! Please help give me some idea of what this could be.





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    This sounds exactly the same as I have - Have you had any response as to what it could be?

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    I am a 15 year old girl who has suffered from bunions most of my life. Around 15 months ago I consulted the NHS about my problem, which I later had an operation in which they sorted my feet out by removing the bunion and re-aligning my tose... However they only did one foot of the two. The foot that they opperated on has left two scars around 10cm and 4cm. After my surgery my foot was fine but I still have a lot of redness left on my foot where there is still a lump on the side of my right foot. On my left foot that I haven't had operated on I still have a bunion that wont seem to go down, it's at the same point as my left foot's was. Is there anything I can do to sort out my feet?





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    i started with one veruca on the bottom of my big toe and now i have... Let me see... 5 on my big toe, 1 on the ball of my foot just under my big toe, 1 on the ball of my foot just underneath my big toe and one in the crease between the ball of my foot and my second toe. They do not cause me any pain and because they are on the underside of my foot they are not noticable. They are just very annoying and i would like to get rid of them before they spread onto the heel or onto the other foot. I have tried bazuka gel but it didnt work and made my skin peel which didnt make my foot look very attractive, is there something that does not do that and will keep my feet looking nice so i can wear sandles as summer is not far away?





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    Firstly I really must know which foot it was my right foot not left :)whoops. I am sat here now two days after surgery on my Right foot, I am feeling fine with minimal pain and have got pain relief to take. I have a shoe to protect the bandaged foot and crutches to help me get around. I am under no illusion my foot is going to take a long time to heal but I can get around. Hope everyone is doing great those who had there op or are looking into having a bunion to be done.

    For any foot problems - please contact your local NHS Podiatry/Foot Health Service for free treatment and advice. In many areas you can self refer or you may need to be referred via your GP. Podiatrists train for at least 3 years in the treatment of foot conditions. This can cover anything from diabetic foot problems to heel pain, sport injuries, ingrowing toenails, verrucas, thick toenails, foot deformities, corns, Athlete's Foot, cracked heels and any other foot aches and pains. I am an NHS podiatrist!





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    hello i am heavy on my feet i get through shoes like theres no tomorrow I've been through shoe within 4 weeks or less is there any advice

    I have 3 verrucas on my feet,2 on my right foot and 1 on my left foot.I started off realising I had a big verruca on my right foot,I checked the other foot and found another one (it was smaller) and a few weeks later I spotted one on the side of my big toe on my right foot. I think it might have spread from one of my verrucas.My big verruca is painful when I touch it or walk on it for too long,I'm going to try duct tape and hopefully it works!





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    Hi its selina again. Well it seemed like my clubfoot relapsed. The pain and swelling on my left foot was incredible with activity and the achilles tendon became tighter, thereby making my leg shorter and having me walk on my toes and the outer side of my foot soo.. I visited a surgeon and he by first glance at me and my feet said it looked as close to perfect as any foot he'd seen. If it wasnt for my achilles scar he said it wouldnt seem like I had bilateral clubfoot at all. ( Yay that would be because my doctors did a fantastic job of my prior surgeries ) But .. After a few xrays he agreed i needed surgery & well . Im 6 weeks post op , I had a calcaneal slide operation Fdl transfer TA lengthening with some screws and a plate put in . My surgeon isnt too enthusiastic about the success of the surgery because he said when he opened up my foot , all of my tendons & stuff was twisted inside... Today I go to remove my cast , since Ive been off medication since day 8 of my operation my doctor feels Im either healing well or... Have a higher than normal pain tolerance. If their is anything Ive learnt thus far , it is that a doctor can only speculate about your recovery , it always boils down to you and your foot will always have the last say , when its ready , its ready. Lets hope I can hobble around without much pain when this cast is off ... Wish me Luck!





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    Hi, I think i also have some form of athletes foot. I have 2 large cracks under my big toe, very dry , flaky skin either side of my foot. and on warm day small pimples pinky red in colour, which when they burst leak a water. when i scratch my foot it gets more and more itchy. please help i have used a/foot sprays and creams no help.





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