Most people who walk on their tip-toes constantly are either dancers or basketball players, this is to strengthen the muscle for jumping, and they are taught to stretch it regularly in order to remove the acidic build up that occurs when you break down a muscle with exercise. Did you regularly stretch on a daily basis? If not the acidic build up can actually become a perpetual problem, similar to gout. It can break down muscle fiber, break down tendons, and even mess with the bone a bit.
My suggestion, besides seeing a doctor, and having any diagnostic testing that they recommend, is to wrap a towel around the ball of your foot, and slowly pull the muscle into a good stretch and hold it to the count of 30, do this 20Xs, 3Xs per day, and see if it helps after two weeks. Acidic build up would explain why you get relief from smacking it with a hammer (you really need to stop doing that before you really damage the muscles).
I would also recommend adding tonic water with quinine, and some bananas and avocados to your diet.
You should really get to a doctor as soon as possible to make sure its not a more serious problem, deep vein thrombosis, and other conditions can cause similar pain in the beginning stages, so dont just blow it off like its nothing, you need to be checked out by a doctor, make an appointment today. Too many people our age blow things off and end up in the ER.
I hope you find some answers and some relief from this, take care and see a doctor, you're not Superman lol.
dx: L3-4 central bugsplat left nerve root is severed, T12-L1 left protrusion, congenital partial fusion C2-3, Rouxen-Y gastric bypass in 2003, Bursitis, tendinitis, arthritis, and bone and cartilage mutilation in left shoulder. Aspergers, and previous adrenaline junkie.
Post Edited (2y4t) : 8/16/2012 8:14:07 AM (GMT-6)