: The next morning the top of my foot was swollen and extremely tender. A week of meetings and a job interview kept me in tight (although not high-heeled) dress shoes until the weekend. I stayed off my feet all weekend, taping the foot and ankle. Quickly the swelling on inside of the ankle and the area over the big toe went down and I began gently massaging out the knots I traced down the length of the tendon. The area is still very tender, but it's loosening up and is no longer painful to walk on.
: The rest of my foot, though, is still swollen! It's been just over a week and the area over the four outer metatarsals and the area just under the malleolus is still quite swollen. I have no pain in this area, other than the discomfort of the swelling.
: Throughout this experience, I've noted the following:
: * No single area of localized pain.
: All of this leaves me suspecting nothing more serious than a nasty case of tendonitis. But shouldn't the swelling have gone down by now? And most important, why would I have continued swelling in an area (outer foot and malleolus) that has had no pain at all throughout this little drama? I can barely get into my oldest shoes, and I don't dare exercise until the swelling goes down, so what gives? Ice and ibuprofen don't seem to be helping. Any ideas?
In Reply to: persistent swelling, top of foot posted by Ann on December 10, 2003 at 11:32:46: