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"I have pain in my left foot. What could it be?"

ZocdocAnswersI have pain in my left foot. What could it be?


Age 29 years male


Pain in your left foot could have multiple causes, and I recommend that you see your doctor or a healthcare professional for a formal evaluation of your symptoms, and the appropriate testing and treatment of your symptoms if necessary. Foot pain is often due to an injury of the soft tissues including muscles, tendon and ligament, or to the bones. If you notice any open sores, blisters or skin abnormalities, this may be the cause of your symptoms and appropriate wound care should be sought. Depending on the location of the pain, there can be many different causes, therefore given the symptom of nonspecific foot pain, it is not possible to provide a focused answer. However, patients will often present with pain in certain areas. Pain in the ankle is often due to a twisting injury and may result in a sprain, which is stretching of the ligaments and tendons resulting in inflammation and pain. However, a fracture of the bones in the ankle or foot, either through stress and overuse or a single injury incident, may require an X-ray for diagnosis. Sprains and breaks often require immobilization with a splint or cast, and rest from weight-bearing with crutches. Appropriate therapy may prevent healing of the injury, and in some cases can lead to further damage of the tissues. In order to have a proper evaluation of your symptoms, please see your doctor who may recommend imaging and testing to look for certain injuries, and may recommend the appropriate treatment.

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