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Spurs: only afflict heel? What about the ball of the foot?

Posted by jim t on 2/17/04 at 23:19 (144547)

Hi. The past two days I've had a horrible pain in the ball of my foot - but closer to the pinky toe than the big toe - and I can hardly walk and it hurts to stand (which I am forced to do, at work, all day). A friend suggested it may be a spur but I've only heard of 'heel spurs.'

The pain feels like a black and blue - like someone punched the bottom of my foot really, really hard - but there are no visible marks, rashes, cuts, etc. If I had to centralize the pain, it's under my pinky and second smallest toe.

Is this serious? Should I consult a doctor (I have no insurance!)? Anything I can do to ease the pain?

Thanks so much!