For over two weeks now, I have been experiencing sever burning and stabbing pain and swelling on the top of my right foot. No trauma or injury has occurred. 8 years ago, I had surgery in the same general area, to remove a peice of calcified growth from the foot and ankle area, which was pressuring the nerves and tissues, I am concerned with this growing back or starting in a new area. I have done the usual remedies, such as ice, elevation and even tried using the boot from previous surgery to immobolize the site, nothing is working, the burning and stabbing is getting worse and I have no health care at this time, what is going on?
You'll really need, I'm afraid, to see a doctor to figure out what's going on here. The swelling indicates inflammation and trauma has occurred in that area. Did the calcified growth 8 years ago cause similar symptoms?
It's tough having to see the doctor with no healthcare (Hopefully in the near future the Health Care Reform plan will help you with this). Alot of counties have clinics for low income residents - is there one in your area? The problem with not seeing a physician or podiatrist (see if you can see a podiatrist) is that whatever's going on down there is likely to worsen - perhaps creating a more difficult problem in the long run to fix.
Good luck. I hope you can find a way to resolve this problem.
Thanks for responding. Yes, the symptoms are the same and that is what has me concerned. I do not want to face another surgery, but that is the only fix. We do have low income healthcare, but the problem is that my unemployement has ended, which wasn't much to begin with, plus they will not see me without proof of income from a previous job. My last job was in 2007, I could get that information if the company was still in existance, they closed down and went bankrupt...I do not know if I should go to the ER or what to do...
I would make your way to a doctor somehow, explain your situation and ask for low-cost remedies. I would then find out as much as I can about the Obama Healthcare program, which is, I believe trying to help people without insurance as quickly as possible. I have heard that as early as August or so something may be in place but I'm not sure.
Meanwhile you might want to things for normal inflammation such as anti-inflammatories, icing it regularly, keeping it elevated when you can and making sure you're wearing comfortable shoes that it fit your feet well. Many of the foot problems start because of bad shoes. I recently was having alot of pain on the outside of my feet. I actually took a knife and tore a slit in the side because I noticed my toes were bunched up and the pain went away!
Good shoes might be able to provide enough relief until you have the money to get this fixed. Good luck!