• Dolores Valletti Dolores Valletti
    September 18, 2008
    What's the diagnosis for sudden pain, swelling on the top of foot, ankle?
    Dolores Valletti Dolores Valletti
    September 18, 2008

    I've had pain on the top of my foot - between my ankle and toes - and my foot is swollen. I did not injure it; I just went to bed and woke up the next morning with pain. I'm unable to put pressure on it. Any idea what I could have done to it?



  • Amy Tudor
    July 30, 2014
    Amy Tudor
    July 30, 2014

    Hi there, Dolores -


    I know this is a very old question, but I wondered what ever happened with your foot? It sounds like you might have had a muscle cramp that made your foot seize up over night, but I'm only a layperson and can't diagnose the problem, of course. If you did find an answer, perhaps you could post it here so that someone else who has the same symptoms could be helped by your experience!


    Here are some articles on foot pain that you might find useful:


    What Your Feet Say About Your Health

    Foot Pain - Forefoot Pain

    Hall of Shame: Shoes That Cause Pain


    Be well!


  • deborahlb September 30, 2008
    September 30, 2008

    I too have had this problem. I went to a podiatrist about it. Come to find out, it was Osteoarthritis also in my foot. I was given two option, an ankle fusion, which would put pressure on the knee, or an orthodic shoe insert. I went with the insert. It helped tremendously. No more top of the foot pain.

    I also invested in a pair of New Balance sneakers, didn't use the insert, and have had no foot pain since.



  • wesselj September 26, 2008
    September 26, 2008

    Thanks for your post. Could you please clarify what your question is? This will help us answer it better! Thanks!


  • Maria April 21, 2011
    April 21, 2011



     I've had the exact same problem as you, and I don't know what to do... I really wouldn't like to over react, I hope this isn't important at all.


    However, it id really weird. I have migraines, and for the last 10 days (approximately) I've been sitting at home, resting, because of that. One day, I went to bed and woke up the next morning with my left foot aching quite a lot, along the outer lateral zone and behind that little ball-shaped bone on the ankle.

    During the day, the pain relieved and I could walk normally. At night, when I was preparing to go to bed, it started aching so much that I walked with a limp and it kept aching every time I turned in bed. In the morning, which is today, I woke up and simply couldn't put my foot on the floor because it caused such pain. Almost any movment would cause pain, frankly.


    Now I have to sit on the couch again, not because of migraine anymore, but because of my aching foot instead!


    Oh, and I forgot to mention that today it is pretty swollen.


    Any suggestions?

    Thank you for reading!

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