Why does my foot hurt?
You’re getting attacks of severe pain in the joint where your big toe joins your foot. The joint becomes swollen, red and so painful you can’t bear bedclothes on it. It takes a couple of weeks to get better. You have a burning and aching pain that comes on when you walk, affecting one or more toes near the ball of your foot or sometimes your whole foot. You have a small, tender spot on the sole of your foot which becomes painful if you put pressure on it. It looks like a corn or callus.
It could be:
Gout, a type of arthritis where there’s a build-up of uric acid crystals in your joints. Metatarsalgia, from extra strain or pressure on the ball of your foot by tight fitting shoes, high impact sports or being overweight. Verruca caused by the wart virus. It grows inwards through the pressure of standing. It looks like white circles with black dots in the centre.
Use ice packs as soon as the pain begins. Take an NSAID for the pain and see your doctor for treatment that can keep your uric acid levels low. Forgo rich food and alcohol. Use the PRICE method (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). Change footwear, use shockabsorbing insoles. Before seeing your doctor try an over-the-counter verruca cream, gel or plasters.