Unexplained foot pain and swelling

For the past three weeks I have experienced pain across the top of my foot. I have not injured it in any way. The swelling is very obvious, however there is no visible bruising or any indication of injury except the pain and swelling. It has graduated from being annoying..to just dang painful (extreme pain and swelling at times) and it affects my ability to walk, causing pain in other areas. I cannot bend my foot (toes specifically) toward my body or away. At first the pain was only present when I walked. Now it hurts all the time.

Is this just a case of some muscle pain, and should I just grin and bear it until it goes away?

Or could this be a sign of something more serious?

I very much dislike visiting the doctor...especially if they simply are going to say that it is just muscle pain and say "Take two of these and never call me again!"

Posted By Dixie on December 28, 2004 at 11:14:12:

A silicone insert on the back of the Achillotrain leaves tendon pressure-free and provides intermittent compression for the reduction of swelling and edema.

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