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I am sorry your son has foot pain.
When did the foot pain begin relative to the fever? Do you see any swelling or bruising there or is the foot warm to touch?Does the foot hurt when your son is not bearing weight on it?Thanks,
Thank you for the helpful additional information.
It is not uncommon to get some joint aches with a flu-like illness and they are very common with influenza, but the location of your son's pain is very unusual for that as is the fact that one area seems to hurt out of proportion to the rest of his body. Was he tested for influenza or H1N1 on Thursday?
He may have injured his foot and not have told you.
It's a tough call about whether he should be seen today or first thing tomorrow. The safest thing would be to have him seen today in light of the fact that he cannot bear weight normally. What we would not want to miss or delay in treating is a septic (infectious) arthritis ; again that area would be an unusual location as it's typically the knee or the hip.
Please do have your son checked tomorrow morning if not tonight.
Hope you get an answer and he feels better soon.
Louise Sivak, M.D.
You are most welcome and hope your son feels back to himself very soon.