The Top Of My Foot From The Big Toe To The 4th Toe Is Painful And Swollen. I Went To The Doc, They Took An Xray, It Came Back Negative For Any Stress Fracture. Suggestions As To What It Could Be?

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The Top Of My Foot From The Big Toe To The 4th Toe Is Painful And Swollen. I Went To The Doc, They Took An Xray, It Came Back Negative For Any Stress Fracture. Suggestions As To What It Could Be?

The top of my foot from the big toe to the 4th toe is painful and swollen. I went to the doctor and he took an X-ray. It came back negative for any stress fracture. Any suggestions as to what it could be?

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Foot pain can be very complicated and confusing to diagnosis by anyone but a foot specialist. The foot has so many parts and pieces that can become painful; thus, there are many opportunities for a erroneous dignosis of foot conditions. This particular pain could be an early arthritic condition that will not show up on plain X-ray, an occult fracture that will not show up on plain X-ray, or a soft tissue problem in the nerves, muscles or tendons that will not show up on plain X-ray. See a specialist to take a closer look.

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