I’ve been having midfoot pain for the last few years. I wear orthotics, and have for about 10 years. This past October, I was taking a walk with my husband, and my left foot started hurting rather suddenly. Nothing new, right? So I took it easy, for a few minutes, and hobbled the rest of the way back to the car. It kept hurting, but why rush off to the doctor? My general rule of thumb is to not go to the doctor unless it’s bad enough, and sticks around for a while. So after a while, I go in to be seen. Nothing obvious pops up, but there’s a lot of tenderness.
Fast forward to January 24. I’m at the salon getting my hair done, walking across the salon to get my hair washed out, and my right big toe cracks. Yup, it broke. X-rays confirm it, and I’m put into a hard soled shoe. A week later I realize that the pain in my left foot is still really bad, and I finally go get the x-rays that the doctor had already put in for it. Yup, 4th metatarsal fracture, and it’s likely a non-union.
I already had a bone scan, and I have a shockingly good bone density given the last few years and how much prednisone I’ve been on. I’m so frustrated that I’m now in a waiting game. Waiting to get follow up x-rays on both, stuck in a boot and a special shoe, hoping that I won’t wind up needing surgery on the broken foot. But I had no really good reason to suspect that I had broken my foot. I can’t help but think though, that if I wasn’t used to existing and functioning through a high level of pain, that I would have gone to the doctor, been booted, and I wouldn’t be in the situation that I am in now.