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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Painful Foot Lump

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced painful foot lump. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"), which is dangerous and requires treatment.

    Good prognosis with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with bumps or blisters, red rash, red skin bump larger than 1/2 cm in diameter, pus-filled rash, rash
    Symptoms that always occur with skin abscess:
    rash with bumps or blisters
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Pimple

    Acne, also known as pimples, occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil & dead skin cells. Acne is extremely common and ranges from mild to severe.

    The severity of the acne dictates treatment-type and duration. With proper treatment, acne should resolve in weeks to months. In some cases, acne is a long-term condition.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red facial bump, small facial lump, painful facial bump, marble sized facial lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red facial bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Boil (Furuncle)

    Boils are infections of a hair follicle that creates a small pocket of inflammation full of pus. It's typically caused by a common bacteria called S. Aureus.

    5-10 days

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red facial bump, small facial lump, painful facial bump, marble sized facial lump, constant skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red facial bump
    Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Severe Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"). If the infection begins to spread, urgent treatment is required.

    92-96% resolve with treatment within 7-10 days

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, painful neck lump, marble-size neck lump, pink or red neck bump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red neck bump, red bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  5. 5.Gout

    Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint. The big toe is often affected.

    With proper medical attention, relief is possible within the first 24 hours of treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen toes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Bunion

    A bunion is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe. Certain footwear styles can worsen bunions.

    Generally, better footwear & orthotics can slow the bunion's progression and alleviate symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    bump on outside edge of big toe, big toe pain, toe pain that gets worse when wearing closed-toe shoes, foot ulcer, pain at the base of the toe
    Symptoms that always occur with bunion:
    bump on outside edge of big toe
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Corn

    A corn is a hard, thick layer of skin that develops when the skin experiences lots of friction and pressure. A corn may cause discomfort, but is of no big concern.

    Should go away immediately by trimming excess skin, and will not reappear if shoe inserts are used.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    thickened skin on the foot with visible lines, foot bump with lines through the thickened skin, painful thickened skin, skin thickening
    Symptoms that always occur with corn:
    thickened skin on the foot with visible lines
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.Dermatofibroma

    Dermatofibroma (superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma) is a common cutaneous nodule of unknown etiology that occurs more often in women. Dermatofibroma frequently develops on the extremities (mostly the lower legs) and is usually asymptomatic, although pruritus and tenderness can be present

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    small facial lump, pink or red facial bump, face itch, skin-colored facial bump, painful facial bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Foot Lump

  • Q.What color is the bump?
  • Q.Is the bump caused by thickened skin?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?

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Painful Foot Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced painful foot lump have also experienced:

    • 18% Foot Pain
    • 18% Foot Bump
    • 9% Headache That Worsens When Head Moves
  • People who have experienced painful foot lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 38% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Week
    • 16% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced painful foot lump were most often matched with:

    • 66% Skin Abscess
    • 16% Pimple
    • 16% Boil (Furuncle)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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