5th Metatarsal pain and ankle swelling when walking

by Kristen




About three years ago I sprained my ankle playing tennis. I was unable to put any weight on the ankle immediately following the accident. However, after about an hour later I could walk with pain. That evening, I ignored the pain and proceeded as usual. The next morning I was unable to use the ankle at all. I never went to the doctors but only iced the ankle enough to fit back in my shoe.





You've waited far too long, Kristen. I too don't believe in rushing off to the doctor, but three years is a long time.

A Jones fracture needs to be considered. Get an xray.

Dr Barrie Lewis





Three years later I have started experiencing pain in the 5th metatarsal when I walk periodically. On days that I tend to walk a lot, I will sometimes have to limp and my ankle mildly swells.

I was wondering if these two symptoms are connected in some way. Also, is there any way to fix this current problem or is it just something I need to live with because of my error three years ago?

Thank you.

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Can a jaw injury contribute to metatarsalgia?

by Lynn
(Los Angeles)

I was hit hard on my right jaw decades ago and noticed that whenever I have pain or other localized health issues, it's always on the right side. All tightened muscles are also on the right side. I have an inflamed nerve between my 2nd and 3rd metatarsals. When I get any kind of massage or realignment such as at the chiropractor or simply spreading my second and third toe, my jaw relaxes and I hear cracking/popping sounds. I have to wonder if the issues on the right could be related to the jaw injury.

However, my body parts are slightly smaller on the right as well--feet, face, etc. It's not noticeable to others unless I point it out, but it's measurable. Curious about the potential connection. The xray of my foot show the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones very close together, practically touching on my right foot.





Hello Lynn,
My initial reaction is to deny any relationship, but you obviously convinced, so I hesitate to poo-poo your question. The foot is connected to the leg, the knee, the hip and so on. So a guarded, yes, maybe.

Does your chiropractor work on your feet? What you are describing is a condition called metatarsalgia, with possibly a Morton's neuroma; they usually respond quite well to adjustments to the foot bones.

Try our alphabet exercises which you'll find using the search function at chiropractic help.

Thank you for your interesting question.

Dr Barrie Lewis



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Jaw injury related to foot problems?
by: Anonymous

Thank you. I can only say that my jaw involuntarily relaxes on the right side whenever any right side knots or my metatarsal are manipulated it massaged. It's just a fact, and I'm interested in discovering the reason.

I don't currently see a chiropractor, but I have in the past. They knew about the foot condition, and it didn't improve under their care. However, after seeing that the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals were jammed up against eachother on an exray, I recently began speaking those 2 toes several times per day and sometimes placing a small pad between them to keep them from being too close. When I initially misremembered the problem as being between the 3rd and 4th and spread those, it got worse. So working with the correct toes made it a lot better. Also, simply putting my fingertips under the right side of my for foot amd pulling up a little to help spread the metatarsal helps immediately.

I'm going to experiment with relaxing my tight right jaw to see if that also helps my foot. ND I'm going to start wearing clean supportive padded shoes inside the house rather than going barefoot as ll the time to keep the floors clean. I'd like to add a shoe liner/orthotic and am trying to figure out which is best.

I'm also probably going to start getting weekly Thai massages to see if those help overall. Reluctant to give up coffee, but wondering if the caffeine can aggravage the tension. I do wear a dental night guard as I started clenching and grinding after that injury.

In the long run, if something works, that's all I want. I am willing to try everything at once and just drop things one by one to see if things get worse if I do. I'd rather do that than just try one thing at a time to see if it works. So far, the thing that works most is to spread those two toes and wear padded, supportive shoes. Also, I sit cross legged a lot with my knees resting on my forefeet and that compresses them side to side. So wearing shoes with a wide toe box prevents this.

A chiropractor I was previously seeing for a different injury advised me that having treatment on the jaw could possibly end my clenching and grinding. I'm going to try to find one who specializes in TMJ and see if that affects the foot.




You'll also find TMJ exercises at Chiropractic Help; use the site search function. It's always good to take responsibility for one own health; sometimes though professional help is needed and then, the longer you put it off, the more difficult it gets.

Dr Barrie Lewis






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Dropped metatarsal


What exercises can I do to correct a dropped metatarsal bone? My second toe is beginning to overlap my big toe, but there is no pain on the bottom of my foot.
Thank you





It's good news you have no pain. Is there a callus beginning to form under the "met head"? If so, it may begin to hurt in time. Perhaps not. In any case some simple exercises are in order.

Sitting on a highish chair so your heel clears the ground, do the "alphabet exercises". Raise your foot at the ankle (called dorsi-flexion) and in space carve out a capital A. Down to the left, up, down to the right, cross piece for the A. Try and use the whole foot, and especially your toes. Make them move.

Repeat with a B. Try and do five letters at at time, the whole alphabet in one day.

Keep the knee fairly still, not that it's a problem if the knee bends, but focus on moving the joints in your foot.

Then do both feet, together if your coordination is good. Now mirror images?

I hope this has contributed. Keep it up. Only use high heels on special occasions. Or wear a smart hat instead!

Dr Barrie Lewis




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Ball of foot pain / metatarsalgia

by Janice

Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia

Ball of foot pain / metatarsalgia

The ball of my foot is so painful. I have tried many products on the market (think I own most all of them) and still no relief. I recently called a Chiropractor who said he could help me; that is, until I went in to see him. Within seconds he decided he was not the right person for the job.

I dance about 9 hours a week and have all different type of dance shoes/sneakers and still no relief.

Just don't know where to turn but do not want to give up my dancing. I did have a stress fracture in my ankle years ago and also have supports for plantar fascitis. Age is against me too (61 years old).

I plan to buy some RockTape suggested by a friend who uses it. She is going to show me how to wrap my foot with this. Do I go to a foot doctor (been there, done that a few times), a surgeon, another Chiropractor that might truly help me? Hope you have some advice on what I should do.

I also use a footsie roller and try to massage my feet.

I live in Waltham, MA if that helps you on where to direct me. Sure wish they had foot replacement surgery like they do with knees and hips. I dance for my health and it is killing me! Thanks for any advice you can share with me.

Janice




Hello Janice,
Look all medical services, there are chiropractors who specialise in feet, and those whose interests and skills lie elsewhere. I happen to have an interest in feet, but not all chiros... phone your chiropractic association, and ask if there is a chiro with a FICS qualification.

You probably have a condition called metatarsalgia that generally responds well to chiropractic, but that's a guess.

You've got to find someone local... phone all the chiros and ask if they treat feet. Don't get into more expensive orthotics. And don't give up dancing!

Dr B

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Foot pain
by: Anonymous

This foot pain is disgusting, i've tried many new things including the foot doctor but it seems like nothing is working. It has been a year now and its getting worst. I going to try a few of these tips.

Help.




Like I said, start looking for a chiropractor who specifically treats feet. Not quite sure what sort of foot doctor you saw.

The condition is sometimes complicated by a Morton's neuroma which makes it more difficult.

It's most unusual for our treatment not to give considerable relief, like 50 to 90 percent, but a true cure is unlikely if you've had it for a year. Like most chronic conditions an occasional regular treatment becomes necessary.

Dr B



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Found Chiropractor
by: Anonymous

I was actually fotunate enough to find a Chiropractor that has worked on my feet and the pain is gone. I go usually once a month to maintain since I dance two to three nights a week and put a lot of stress on the ball of my foot. This is the only thing that has ever helped.




Hello Anon,
That's marvellous! Buy him her a bottle of nice red wine! He's earned it.

Dr B


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Exercises
by: Anonymous

Have u tried exercises designed to help your condition? You can google ball of foot pain exercises. Maybe that would help! Good luck!




Hello again,
Yes, indeed, ask your chiropractor for some exercises specific to your problem.

Dr Barrie Lewis



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