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About 2 months ago I had sudden severe knee pain. I could not walk for five days. This pain literally took my breath away. I now have a lump below (the inside) and to the right side of my knee. This is on my left leg. It grows daily. It is a bit painful upon touch (pressure). I now also have (fairly significant) pain in my heel of left leg, which just developed. I do not want to sound crazy, and these are not injuries. I also have a 'hot spot' in my (outside of) left breast. This area is quite warm to the touch, and my skin can be 'pink' in the area at times.(mother has had breast cancer x3) Can you tell me what is going on with this 51 yr. old body? thanks.

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replied August 22nd, 2010
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Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by painful lump on the infero medial aspect of your left knee which is growing in size. You have also made a mention of sudden knee pain 2 months back which left you with inability to walk for 5 days. And you have pain in the left heel started recently.
The heel pain could be due to plantar fasciitis. If you have pain in your heel when you stand up for the first time in the morning, you may have plantar fasciitis. Most people with plantar fasciitis say the pain is like a knife or a pin sticking into the bottom of the foot. After you've been standing for a while, the pain becomes more like a dull ache. If you sit down for any length of time, the sharp pain will come back when you stand up again.
If you walk or run a lot, cut back a little. You probably won't need to stop walking or running altogether.
If you have either flatfeet or a high arch, ask your doctor about using inserts for your shoes called orthotics. Orthotics are arch supports. You will need to be fitted for them.
If you are overweight, losing weight can help lessen your heel pain. If your job involves standing on a hard floor or standing in one spot for long periods, place some type of padding on the floor where you stand.
Lump around the knee needs examination as it could be due to osteoid osteoma , osteosarcoma or it could be the sequelae of some local trauma. The origin of swelling is important whether it is bony or soft tissue.
You must consult your orthopedic specialist for diagnosis and management as the same is not possible online.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.

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