Pain and Numbness in Feet

Updated on March 02, 2008
S.G. asks from Carroll, IA
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Hi everyone,

I have been having sharp pain in my left foot just in my outer toes...I also can not walk sometimes it hurts so bad. I know high heels make it worse. I have also been having a lot of numbness/tingling in my feet and sometimes hands. They have done MRIs and nerve testing but they came back fine. It's getting so frustrating! Has anyone else had anything like this???

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answers from Milwaukee on

Hi S.,
If I were you I'd go see a foot specialist. I work for one and sometimes with what your going through you could have a neuroma. Its a nerve tumor that can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in your toes and can be very painful almost to the point you can't walk or can't walk at all just like what your going through. The only thing is is if you've had MRI's of your feet it would've shown up. We have whats called a diagnostic ultrasound its just like looking for a baby but looking inside your foot. It can show if you have a neuroma or if something else is going on like a pinched nerve or bursa. For your hands I can't help you. It may be related it may not but I know when your feet hurt everything hurts. I would just get your feet looked at see what they say. It wouldn't hurt. Sometimes even a foot doctor can help you figure out other problems my employer has helped a few of our patients get the correct diagnoses to get treatment for there problem no one else could figure out it sounds wierd but sometimes it can all be related. I can't promise you though but again it wouldn't hurt to get your feet looked at. Hope I was some help and good luck.

S. S



answers from Dubuque on

Hi S.,

Are you insulin resistant or diabetic? This sounds a lot like neuropathy.

Avoid STIMULANTS such as: coffee, carbonated beverages, caffeine, tobacco,alcohol and other toxins. Eat a diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Drink 8 glasses of PURE clean water daily.

Regular exercise improves bloodflow to neuropathic areas.

Although the causes of peripheral neuropathy are diverse, they produce common symptoms including weakness, numbness, paresthesia (abnormal sensations such as burning,
tickling, pricking or tingling) and pain in the arms, hands, legs and/or feet. A large number of cases are of unknown cause.

Vitamin deficiencies (especially Vitamin B12) can lead to neuropathy. A person usually feels tingling, numbness and pain; and has difficulties walking and balancing. Treatment involves taking vitamin supplements.

Multi-mineral: Nutritional defiencies are common, neuropathy is often the first sign.

B vitamins: There is a group of B vitamins that is useful in treating diabetic neuropathy. It includes biotin, choline, inositol, and thiamine. The B vitamins appear to improve nerve function. B complex provides general support to
the nerve sheath (fatty tissue that surrounds the nerves)

Calcium and magnesium are important in nerve cell conduction. These would be important nutrients to supplement. I would suggest 1500 mg per day for this problem.

Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) has reversed nerve damage in some diabetics.

Clinical studies have shown that Omega-6 EFA improve nerve blood flow, nerve conduction and prevent neuropathy.... Laboratory studies have shown that if subjects
supplement GLA there is a rapid and impressive improvement in function of the peripheral nerves.

Lecithin - important in nerve prevention and repair.

Ginkgo - Helps improve blood circulation which may prevent development of occlusive disease and neuropathy.

Vitamin C with biofl - Has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.
Necessary for nerve impulses.

St. John's Wort - Has anti-inflammatory properties, and can be helpful in the management of neuropathy.

I would also add the Pain Relief Complex and the Pain & Joint Muscle Pain Cream.

Hope you feel better soon,
L. L



answers from Des Moines on

Two thoughts -- A chiropractor is my first suggestion and secondly my mother has the same exact issues going on and was just diagnosed with diabetich peripheral neuropathy. GO GET SOME HELP NOW. Further your research. don't stop with anyone until youhave a sure diagnosis - -let pain be your guide !!!



answers from Minneapolis on

I get this from time to time and then I go to the chiropractor for an adjustment and feel 100% better almost instantly. Try it and see if it works for you!



answers from St. Cloud on

Have you tried going to the chiropractor?



answers from Minneapolis on

Uhhhh.Yup! the BEST foot doctors are the people at independent SHoe Stores>

I had outer pain in my feet, probably from walking barefoot on hardwood floors while holding babies...The Solution ~ Dansko SHoes. I swear, the minute i put them on, i felt blood circulating in my feet, as if they were healing. Schuler Shoes has them...I bought one pair for outside, and one pair to wear inside...pain gone.

Then ~ when i resumed running, i had excrutiating pain under my heal ~ The woman at Shu in St. Paul diagnosed it as Platar Faciatis, and recommended Earth shoes...within weeks, it was gone.

So now, i have an outside pair of Danskos, and an inside pair of Earth shoes, and i am FINALLY foot-pain free!



answers from Milwaukee on

I had the same problem for ten years, doctors told me it was all in my head. Because no one could find a problem I started walking with a limp, I loss all the muscle in my left leg and foot.
I found a site on the computer called The Healthy Back Institute. I had a tilted uterus, and 5 pinched nerves. I purchased their program. I am now pain free, the limp is gone. They also have all natural pain killers. Check out their site. If you can not afford the program. I would be glad to loan you mine or make copies for you. Good luck please get allot of differant opinions.



answers from Sioux City on

Have they tested you for gout?



answers from Milwaukee on

My advice is to get a second opinion.

I was misdiagnosed for 10 years on my one flaw (I had a tilted uterus/ every time I had my period my uterus tilted all the way back into my rectum) The doctors said it was all in my head and I needed to learn how to get over it. They were actually going to send me to shrink! Then one day I was in so much pain I couldn't stand it anymore and I went in to see my gyno again. She fell back in her chair and apologized over and over again. And scheduled the surgery that month so I would never have anohter period again!

17 years on the other (Crohns Disease)I had doctors telling me that the pain was all in my head and that I needed to see an eletrotherapist to help me deal with the pain. I was going in for hemoroid surgery. I asked to pick my own surgeon and he said he wasn't going to touch me until I had these tests done. It was an aweful time, but my advice is simple. Your body is telling you something. Check out all your options! See a chiropractor. It doesn't hurt to be thorough.

Please do yourself a favor and get a second opinion or third if you have too. But don't second guess yourself or think your crazy. Your body is telling you something. It might be something so tiny, it might need more attention. Just keep asking until you get answers!

Best wishes to you,


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