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What should I be asking my GP for (RE: very severe foot pain)

(16 Posts)
Totality22 Sat 20-Jun-15 13:40:45

Have already seen one GP, who gave me a self referral form for physio and didn't even look at my foot. I mean I didn't even remove my footwear!!

I had a fall a few months back and had a sprained ankle, treated it as per the NHS website said - using PRICE and avoiding HARM. within 48 hours it was fine.

For the past week I have been suffering excruciating pain in the foot of the ankle I sprained. No recent injury, nothing had happened... I am doing light exercise - a few hours walking a day but that is all.

Other relevant points:
* I am 5 months post partum and do have some other joint pain (in a wrist but I think that is how I am feeding at night? and in the other foot / knee but I think I am over compensating for my bad foot).
* I had something similar at a similar stage post partum with first child - hurt an ankle after over exerting myself and had physio for it in the end.
* It does get better as the day goes on, but flares up again after inactivity and is so bad in the morning I am literally limping around.
* I am 2 stone overweight (probably losing about 1st would get me into normal BMI range though)
* The pain doesn't feel like a sprain or ache it's more acute like an awful bruise and I also have pain in my big toe and cannot fully bend it.
* I also have Psoriasis.

Based on the above - which I did tell the GP last time - what would you expect to be offered?

I am at a different surgery now but last time I was given an ultrasound on my ankle and foot before being referred for physio. Should I be requesting the same? What about blood tests to rule out anything horrid?

Totality22 Sat 20-Jun-15 13:42:36

PS: I am taking the occasional dose of Ibroprofen and am using a steroid cream but other than that no medication.

I am also EBF a 5 month old and have been the whole time - not sure if that is relevant?

Was healthy in pregnancy and nothing like this happened?

mousmous Sat 20-Jun-15 13:44:05

has it been x-rayed.

AtiaoftheJulii Sat 20-Jun-15 13:54:45

Where is the pain?

goinggrey1978 Sat 20-Jun-15 14:02:21

have you got painkillers??
zapain are good for the evenings and night time, then co-codemol for the daytime

Totality22 Sat 20-Jun-15 15:24:38

Just had a quick google and pain is located around cuboid bone (if that means anything to anyone) and also big toe.

cuboid pain is main issue and it hurts like nothing before. Big toe is stiff and inflexible.

No X-ray, as I say GP didn't even look at my foot. He just referred me for physio despite me telling him all of the info outlined in initial post.

Am breastfeeding so pain relief options are minimal?

CamelHump Sat 20-Jun-15 15:26:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 20-Jun-15 15:27:20

Can you afford to see a physio or podiatrist privately?

Twodogsandahooch Sat 20-Jun-15 19:51:32

I suppose the one thing that I would want answered is whether they thought there was any chance it could be psoriatic arthritis. Although With the history of injury even though it was a while ago, it is probably not. To be honest your physio is probably going to be better at assessing your foot pain than your GP.

Klayden Sat 20-Jun-15 20:52:19

Are you getting any swelling? Morning stiffness?

Totality22 Sun 21-Jun-15 09:38:08

No swelling and to be honest pain has been pretty consistent in past few days - it started out as being worse in mornings and after inactivity but now it's all the time. I attended GP about it 6 days ago so I wold say I am on about day 10 of it being really bad! Yesterday there was no respite at all whereas normally pain has improved throughout the day.

Going to go to walk-in shortly and see what they say if they can see me

Arriettyborrower Sun 21-Jun-15 09:46:31

Plantar fasciitis - have google.

MountainDweller Sun 21-Jun-15 23:33:15

I really think it should be x-rayed (not trying to scare you but a sprain lead to big problems for me).

2fedup Sun 21-Jun-15 23:38:15

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CainInThePunting Sun 21-Jun-15 23:41:46

I was going to say Plantar Faciitis as well, apparently stretching and rolling a tin (as in tin of beans or such) back and forth under your foot can ease the pain...
Disclaimer: I am neither a Doctor nor in any way medically trained!

imayhavelostmymarbles Sun 28-Jun-15 22:01:14

Get referred to an orthotist. You need a biomechanical assessment

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