I have been experiencing foot pain, an intense pain in the left foot in the front part (ball?), especially in the big toe area. I also have swelling of the arch, toes, plus inflammation and burning pain. It is also tender to the touch on the ball of my foot. I applied ice and elevated the foot, but the symptoms have persisted for three days now. Any advice would be appreciated!
You have some severe pain going on there and you'll probably have to see a doctor to figure out what's going on. It sounds like the big tendon running from the front of the foot to the heel is inflamed as well as the front of the foot. As a laymen I can't diagnose your problems but they don't nicely fit several of the more common problem affecting the foot (metatarsalgia, morton's neuroma, plantar fasciitis)
Surprisingly enough many foot problems are caused by wearing improper shoes.
HealthCentral has a nice section on Foot Pain, what causes it and how to treat it. You might also try the Check a Symptom program on Health Centrals main page - it will walk you through your symptoms and give you alternatives. Good luck!
Here are some links that might be useful to you:
Foot Pain – An Introduction
What Your Feet Say About Your Health
Using Tylenol Responsibly