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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Painful Foot Swelling

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

  1. 1.Posterior Tibialis Tendinopathy

    Posterior Tibialis Tendinopathy is the dysfunction of a tendon (muscles to bones) in the back of the foot, which can lead to having flat feet. It's unclear why exactly it happens, but might be related to poor blood flow and mechanical issues specific to the person.

    Progressive and relapsing, needing several attempts to fix the problem

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen foot, pain in one foot, limping, pain in one ankle, spontaneous ankle pain
    Symptoms that never occur with posterior tibialis tendinopathy:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.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
  3. 3.Ankle Arthritis

    Arthritis of the ankle is a degenerative joint disorder occurring in the ankle. It presents with joint pain and stiffness that is typically worse with activity.

    Arthritis is considered irreversible, but symptoms can be effectively managed with treatment. Newer, more effective treatment options have become available in recent years.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen ankle, swollen foot, joint stiffness, pain in one ankle, ankle stiffness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Foot Sprain

    The bones of the ankle and foot are held together by ligaments, which are bands of tough tissue. A sprain is a type of injury where one or more of the ligaments is stretched too far, causing tiny fibers in the ligaments to tear. In most cases, the ligament does not tear completely.

    An uncomplicated foot sprain should improve in 3-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, foot injury, limping, warm red foot swelling, swelling of one foot
    Symptoms that always occur with foot sprain:
    pain in one foot, foot injury
    Symptoms that never occur with foot sprain:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  5. 5.Ankle Sprain

    Ankle ligaments, which connect bones to one another, stabilize the ankle joint. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments caused by a twisting motion of the joint.

    An uncomplicated ankle sprain should improve in 3-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury, swollen ankle, bruised ankle, ankle twisting
    Symptoms that always occur with ankle sprain:
    pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  6. 6.Lymphangitis

    The lymphatic system is a series of vessels, similar to the veins and arteries of the circulatory system, that carry fluid important for the function of the immune system. Lymphangitis is infection or inflammation of these lymphatic vessels.

    With treatment, the swelling may take weeks or months to resolve completely.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, chills, painful lump in one side of the groin, groin redness
    Symptoms that always occur with lymphangitis:
    painful lump in one side of the groin
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  7. 7.Jones Fracture (Broken Foot)

    A Jones Fracture is a fracture of a bone on the outside of the foot (called the fifth metatarsal). A Jones fracture can be either a stress fracture (a tiny hairline break that develops with time), or a sudden break due to trauma. This can result in pain, swelling, and tenderness on the outside of the foot.

    6-8 weeks healing time with cast or splint.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty walking, constant foot pain, pain in one foot, foot bruise, foot injury
    Symptoms that always occur with jones fracture (broken foot):
    foot pain from an injury, pain when touching the foot, constant foot pain, pain in the front half of the foot, pain in the outside of the foot
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  8. 8.Calcaneus Fracture

    The calcaneus (heel bone) can be fractured during high-energy collision, such as a fall from height or a motor vehicle crash. Heel bone fractures are often severe, and may result in long-term problems.

    6-8 weeks for the bone to completely heal (for an uncomplicated fracture).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen ankle, swelling of both feet, severe foot pain, pain in both feet, swelling of one foot
    Symptoms that always occur with calcaneus fracture:
    inability to bear weight immediately after injury, foot pain from an injury, severe foot pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  9. 9.Fracture of the Talus

    A talus fracture is a break in one of the bones in the ankle called the "talus." This type of injury oftens occurs during a high-energy event, such as a car accident or fall.

    Recovery may take up to 3 months.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, swollen ankle, severe foot pain, pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with fracture of the talus:
    pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  10. 10.Stress Fracture of the Foot (Marching Fracture)

    A "March" stress fracture of the foot is named because it's sometimes linked to soldiers marching for a long time. This foot fracture happens because of prolonged stress or weight-bearing.

    6-12 weeks with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant foot pain, foot pain from overuse, pain in one foot, pain when touching the foot, pain in the top of the foot
    Symptoms that always occur with stress fracture of the foot (marching fracture):
    foot pain from overuse, constant foot pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Foot Swelling

  • Q.Where exactly is your foot swelling?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Do you have a history of high cholesterol?

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Painful Foot Swelling Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 6% Swollen Foot
    • 4% Pain in the Top of the Foot
    • 4% Foot Pain
  • People who have experienced painful foot swelling had symptoms persist for:

    • 31% Less Than a Week
    • 26% Less Than a Day
    • 22% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced painful foot swelling were most often matched with:

    • 42% Posterior Tibialis Tendinopathy
    • 42% Gout
    • 14% Ankle Arthritis
  • 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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