Mid Foot Sprain

So; a few weeks ago I felt something "go" (for lack of a better word) in my foot; its been very sore since. I went to the Dr to make sure nothing was broken (xrays negative). Has anyone experienced a sprain like this? any tips?
I haven't been able to walk properly since...very annoying! thx!

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  • Cherimoose
    Cherimoose Posts: 5,210 Member
    It could be one of many things. Here is a partial list: https://radiopaedia.org/articles/differential-diagnosis-for-metatarsal-region-pain?lang=us
    Some fractures don't show up on x-rays. If you saw a general doctor, you may need see a specialist to get it solved.

    What were you doing when it happened?
  • cwolfman13
    cwolfman13 Posts: 41,199 Member
    edited December 2020
    bdelaney33 wrote: »
    So; a few weeks ago I felt something "go" (for lack of a better word) in my foot; its been very sore since. I went to the Dr to make sure nothing was broken (xrays negative). Has anyone experienced a sprain like this? any tips?
    I haven't been able to walk properly since...very annoying! thx!

    A midfoot sprain is most often caused by pivoting or twisting...quickly changing direction, etc. I had one in high school when I played football. As I recall it took about three weeks to a month of rest. The pain from the sprain was immediate and severe and I had to be carried off the field.

    I was in a mountain bike accident in June, and I thought I sprained my foot again...the thing was though, the pain wasn't immediate, whereas the swelling in my knee was, along with some major road rash...the pain in my midfoot flared up about a week later. Ended up at the pediatrist and he didn't think it was a sprain because the pain wasn't concurrent with the accident...it was red and warm and slightly swollen...ended up being sent to rheumatologist and diagnosed with gout, which is also what my podiatrist was thinking as well as my GP. While most commonly pronounced in the big toe, you can have flares in any of your joints with the joints in the toe, foot, and ankle being the most common. Gout is weird too because you're seemingly fine one moment and in some pretty good pain hours later for no apparent reason.

    What were you doing when this happened? To sprain the midfoot takes a pretty violent twist.
  • bdelaney33
    bdelaney33 Posts: 151 Member
    Cherimoose wrote: »
    It could be one of many things. Here is a partial list: https://radiopaedia.org/articles/differential-diagnosis-for-metatarsal-region-pain?lang=us
    Some fractures don't show up on x-rays. If you saw a general doctor, you may need see a specialist to get it solved.

    What were you doing when it happened?

    I was running indoors (barefoot... ugh). With all the working from home I was looking for a way to make up some lost activity. I went for X-rays; but as you correctly guessed it was just a walk in; and they didn’t see anything on the X-ray. May be time to see a specialist. Appreciate the response.
  • bdelaney33
    bdelaney33 Posts: 151 Member
    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    bdelaney33 wrote: »
    So; a few weeks ago I felt something "go" (for lack of a better word) in my foot; its been very sore since. I went to the Dr to make sure nothing was broken (xrays negative). Has anyone experienced a sprain like this? any tips?
    I haven't been able to walk properly since...very annoying! thx!

    A midfoot sprain is most often caused by pivoting or twisting...quickly changing direction, etc. I had one in high school when I played football. As I recall it took about three weeks to a month of rest. The pain from the sprain was immediate and severe and I had to be carried off the field.

    I was in a mountain bike accident in June, and I thought I sprained my foot again...the thing was though, the pain wasn't immediate, whereas the swelling in my knee was, along with some major road rash...the pain in my midfoot flared up about a week later. Ended up at the pediatrist and he didn't think it was a sprain because the pain wasn't concurrent with the accident...it was red and warm and slightly swollen...ended up being sent to rheumatologist and diagnosed with gout, which is also what my podiatrist was thinking as well as my GP. While most commonly pronounced in the big toe, you can have flares in any of your joints with the joints in the toe, foot, and ankle being the most common. Gout is weird too because you're seemingly fine one moment and in some pretty good pain hours later for no apparent reason.

    What were you doing when this happened? To sprain the midfoot takes a pretty violent twist.

    I was thinking gout at one point but it’s a constant pain; and not in a are generally associated with it (I know that does t rule it out).
    Running indoors. More like shuttle runs; barefoot. X-rays negative but not much improvement over the past 2 weeks. I bought a plantar fasciitis brace; and it helps with walking around but the pain is in a totally different spot.
    Anyway; when it gets sorted I’ll let you know the diagnosis!! Thx for the response.
  • claireychn074
    claireychn074 Posts: 913 Member
    Definitely need to see a sports physio if you can to get a proper diagnosis. I sprained my ankle / foot in early July and I’m still in the prehab stage. It was a v bad sprain but the risk of repeat injury is apparently quite high so it’s best to get the diagnosis and treatment plan going as early as possible.
  • SnifterPug
    SnifterPug Posts: 746 Member
    My husband did similar getting out of the swimming pool. He's obese and had put all his weight on the ball of his foot to get up the ladder and something in his foot felt as if a zipper was undoing. He saw a physio who confirmed he'd sprained a ligament. The physio saw him over several sessions for some VERY painful massage. In between he was advised to ice it every couple of hours, massage with a tennis ball and wear a physio boot. And to keep weight off it as much as possible. It cleared up in a couple of weeks.
  • SnifterPug
    SnifterPug Posts: 746 Member
    SnifterPug wrote: »
    My husband did similar getting out of the swimming pool. He's obese and had put all his weight on the ball of his foot to get up the ladder and something in his foot felt as if a zipper was undoing. He saw a physio who confirmed he'd sprained a ligament. The physio saw him over several sessions for some VERY painful massage. In between he was advised to ice it every couple of hours, massage with a tennis ball and wear a physio boot. And to keep weight off it as much as possible. It cleared up in a couple of weeks.

    Oh, he was also advised to take anti-inflammatories but then he told the physio he already does for his knee arthritis so obviously it wasn't appropriate to take any more.

  • bdelaney33
    bdelaney33 Posts: 151 Member
    SnifterPug wrote: »
    SnifterPug wrote: »
    My husband did similar getting out of the swimming pool. He's obese and had put all his weight on the ball of his foot to get up the ladder and something in his foot felt as if a zipper was undoing. He saw a physio who confirmed he'd sprained a ligament. The physio saw him over several sessions for some VERY painful massage. In between he was advised to ice it every couple of hours, massage with a tennis ball and wear a physio boot. And to keep weight off it as much as possible. It cleared up in a couple of weeks.

    Oh, he was also advised to take anti-inflammatories but then he told the physio he already does for his knee arthritis so obviously it wasn't appropriate to take any more.

    Sounds very similar... looks like I need to find a foot specialist I guess. Thankfully I am working from home; so can keep off it if need be.
  • cwolfman13
    cwolfman13 Posts: 41,199 Member
    bdelaney33 wrote: »
    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    bdelaney33 wrote: »
    So; a few weeks ago I felt something "go" (for lack of a better word) in my foot; its been very sore since. I went to the Dr to make sure nothing was broken (xrays negative). Has anyone experienced a sprain like this? any tips?
    I haven't been able to walk properly since...very annoying! thx!

    A midfoot sprain is most often caused by pivoting or twisting...quickly changing direction, etc. I had one in high school when I played football. As I recall it took about three weeks to a month of rest. The pain from the sprain was immediate and severe and I had to be carried off the field.

    I was in a mountain bike accident in June, and I thought I sprained my foot again...the thing was though, the pain wasn't immediate, whereas the swelling in my knee was, along with some major road rash...the pain in my midfoot flared up about a week later. Ended up at the pediatrist and he didn't think it was a sprain because the pain wasn't concurrent with the accident...it was red and warm and slightly swollen...ended up being sent to rheumatologist and diagnosed with gout, which is also what my podiatrist was thinking as well as my GP. While most commonly pronounced in the big toe, you can have flares in any of your joints with the joints in the toe, foot, and ankle being the most common. Gout is weird too because you're seemingly fine one moment and in some pretty good pain hours later for no apparent reason.

    What were you doing when this happened? To sprain the midfoot takes a pretty violent twist.

    I was thinking gout at one point but it’s a constant pain; and not in a are generally associated with it (I know that does t rule it out).
    Running indoors. More like shuttle runs; barefoot. X-rays negative but not much improvement over the past 2 weeks. I bought a plantar fasciitis brace; and it helps with walking around but the pain is in a totally different spot.
    Anyway; when it gets sorted I’ll let you know the diagnosis!! Thx for the response.

    Gout is a constant pain...felt like I broke my foot. I had a flare couple of years ago, but it was my toe which is why I thought my bike accident caused some injury to my foot that was maybe delayed or something or walking around not knowing it was damaged did something further. I didn't know you could get it in your midfoot. It eventually took over my midfoot and into my ankle. Swelling got pretty bad and my podiatrist put me in a walking air boot until I could get into Rheum. My flare lasted over 6 weeks and didn't get it under control until Rheum put me on a high dose of steroids for a couple weeks.

    Just something to be mindful of...I've had various foot issues for about 10 years that I was attributing to tendonitis and such...but all three of my doctors now believe I've been suffering from gout attacks of varying degrees for about a decade.
  • bdelaney33
    bdelaney33 Posts: 151 Member
    @cwolfman13 - interesting. Might have to look into that further. Its been very localized since the beginning and not any of the toes. I'll do some more research on it. ty