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Pain related to Birkenstock sandals?

Posted by Katy M. on 9/30/01 at 19:28 (061941)

I broke my lower left tibia about three years ago and now have metal a plate and 7 screws near the ankle. About one year ago I purchased some close-out Birkenstock tatami sandals thinking that might be good for my recovery. I also started doing some heavy farm work.

Since then I have had moderately bad pain in the interior of both heels at the rear arch area, especially at night and when barefoot. More bothersome, I have also had pretty severe lower back pain, pain in teh PC muscles, rectum, and around the bladder as well as psoas muscle spasm. Might this all be caused by the Birkenstock tatamis (seem to be more extreme than regular Birkenstocks)? I have stopped wearing them for about a week or so and the pain persists though perhps less. Might there be another cause.

Doctors have suggested gastritis, IBS, or other diagnosis and tests related to that which I have not yet had as they are expensive and don't seem to address the problem. I have not been to a specialist...not sure what kind to go to. I have attended a psoas muscle workshop where negative opinions were presented regarding negative-heel shoes and also rigid soled shoes.

Any ideas or information about others with this problem?

Thank you so much for you thoughts.

Re: Katy

Carmen H on 10/03/01 at 07:19 (062139)

I am not a doctor but see that your message has been up for a couple days and thought I would try to give some direction while you wait for the docs. If they don't respond here POST again....sometimes there are so many messages some get missed. If I were you the first place I would head would be to an orthopedic who specializes in back pain. With everything you have going on and you say your lower back hurts like the dickens I have to say that I would start there. Lower back pain can cause all kinds of problems in the areas you are talking about. Get it checked out immediately especially if your bladder is bothering you. That could turn into an emergent situation if left unchecked.
It's highly doubtful a pair of shoes could cause all of that trouble. Obviously if you are in pain all kinds of things are changing...your walk, the way you sit etc. so this could make other things hurt too..
Make sense?
IBS making your feet hurt? umm I don't think so.
STAY off any heavy work (physical labor) until you get this attended to.
Anyway...get to the doc.
asap.

Re: Katy

Carmen H on 10/03/01 at 07:19 (062139)

I am not a doctor but see that your message has been up for a couple days and thought I would try to give some direction while you wait for the docs. If they don't respond here POST again....sometimes there are so many messages some get missed. If I were you the first place I would head would be to an orthopedic who specializes in back pain. With everything you have going on and you say your lower back hurts like the dickens I have to say that I would start there. Lower back pain can cause all kinds of problems in the areas you are talking about. Get it checked out immediately especially if your bladder is bothering you. That could turn into an emergent situation if left unchecked.
It's highly doubtful a pair of shoes could cause all of that trouble. Obviously if you are in pain all kinds of things are changing...your walk, the way you sit etc. so this could make other things hurt too..
Make sense?
IBS making your feet hurt? umm I don't think so.
STAY off any heavy work (physical labor) until you get this attended to.
Anyway...get to the doc.
asap.