S.D. asks from Newark, CA on February 16, 2009
Does Yor Feet Hurt?
I mean really hurt, for 12 months now there has been numbness on the tops of my feet and the tip of my big toe. My baby girl is 9 months, I am 40 years old and in excellent health. I feel like I'm walking on stumps (especially in the mornings and evenings) and experience stabbing pains on the tops of my feet at least every other day. I can only wear one specific brand of tennis shoes and I walk a mile and a half pushing my stroller and walking my dog at least 5 days a week. I know thats not a long ways to walk but on my bad days I need to stop half way and rest my feet. I notice weakness in my knees also, does or has anyone experience what I am going through? I've seen my Dr, a podiatrist, accupuncturist, neurologist had blood work done (all fine) and 3 MRI's (all fine), but they can't seen to pinpoint the cause. I'm hoping its hormonal and will eventually go away but can anyone shed some light as to what I can expect down the road? Thanks in advance.
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L.T. answers from San Francisco on February 17, 2009
I also had problems with my feet. I felt like I was walking on pins and needles, I had a burning sensation, and I had numbness not only in my feet but I started getting it in my calf and arm on occasions. I thought it was neuropathy even though I have never had diabetes. I had blood tests and an MRI done and nothing was wrong. After explaining my symptoms to my father, he told me to see a chiropractor. It turned out to be my back, however, I never made it to the chiropractor. I had received a gift certificate for an hour massage. I paid for an extra half hour and told the Swedish massage therapist my woes. I left with heat patches on and I left feeling beat up but completely relaxed and suddenly I realized my feet weren't bothering me anymore. I don't remember exactly how long after the massage the symptoms disappeared but it seems like it was a day or two. Whether it works or not for your feet it's a well needed gift for any mom. So I'd try an hour and a half massage then try a chiropractor.
Hope this helps, I know how frustrating it is to do test after test with no results.
C.C. answers from Sacramento on February 17, 2009
Have you had your blood sugar tested? Have you ever been treated by a chiropractor?
I have something similar to this.
S.K. answers from Sacramento on February 17, 2009
I can't say that I've had that experience, but if all your Dr.'s are at a loss I would suggest you seek out an herbalist. They should be able to help you figure out what is going on (it almost sounds to me like poor circulation).
D.H. answers from San Francisco on February 17, 2009
Your doctor should check your circulation in the lower extremities, as well as your blood sugar, B-12 and uric acid levels for gout. Be persistent in asking the doctor to determine the cause for this. Can't imagine that it is hormonal. Blocked arteries cause foot pain, and so does peripheral neuropathy. There are medications and treatments for these problems. BE PERSISTENT!!
D.T. answers from San Francisco on February 17, 2009
You might want to give sports medicine/physical therapy a try. Perhaps your foot pain, knee weakness has something to do with the way you're walking? I have a chronic ankle problem from years of dancing, and when I had an injury, I went through some physical therapy. The therapists there noticed that I was doing things without using my core (belly muscles), that I was out of alignment and gave me exercises that helped "cure" the problem. I still have weak ankles, but I can still dance - at 37 years old. You can also look into walking insoles/inserts at the Walking Company. They have a computer that customizes inserts to your foot. They might relieve some of the pressure off your feet/knees since you do a lot of walking.
It could also be your stroller. Do you have a jogging stroller? Regular strollers aren't made for hiking/long walks and could contribute to body problems. I just have a regular stroller and when I take my daughter for long walks, I notice weird aches and pains in my body afterwards. I notice that my body gets strained in places, especially if there are any hilly areas. Anyway, I hope your feet get better soon!! Mommies need their feet and knees!!
S.L. answers from San Francisco on February 17, 2009
Sorry for your pain, I would def get a 2nd Podiatrist's opinion. I go to one in San Francisco, can give you the name if you like..
In the meanwhile, check this site out
read the article under >> midtarsal fault and nerve entrapment.
the dilemma could be that when you see your doctors, the nerves in your feet aren't being pinched at that moment and hence, you appear to have no symptoms..
it's worth a read. In addition, I have learned that many ppl think sneakers are the way to go for aching feet, but since a few problems of my own, I have now learned that you in fact may possibly want to wear a shoe that has a hard stable sole .. so as to keep your foot stable and aligned.. that would mean for example that you can't easily bend the back of your shoe. it would basically be an orthopedic shoe. nowadays, they have a variety of styles, they don't all look like nurse shoes (nothing against nurses ::):):) but you may be able to find a sneaker type one... again, I would get a 2nd opinion..
not sure where you live, otherwise, I can refer you to my podiatrist.
good luck :)
L.C. answers from San Francisco on February 17, 2009
Have you gone to a chiropractor? I know it seems odd...that chiropractic could help with foot problems, but it might be a possibility. If there is a disconnect between how your brain and body are communicating, chiropractic could help you. And the chiropractor should be able to tell you if that disconnect, or interference, is there or not. I'm a chiropractor in Oakland, and I'd be happy to help you find a great chiropractor near you. Just let me know!
Best of luck,
L. Clum, DC
Y.S. answers from San Francisco on February 17, 2009
Hello: Have you had your thyroid checked? I was in so much pain I could barely stand on my feet. I was always cold, a bit depressed, putting on weight too. I had my TSH tested and it came back at 57 with the normal range being .3-3. My foot pain was real, and for very real reasons. The name of it is Plantar fasciitis. It turns out that it is common to develop a thyroid problem during pregnancy and it usually goes away...mine didn't and my offical diagnosis is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I make antibodies that attack my thyroid.
It wouldn't hurt to check it out.