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Posted by Debbie D on 5/25/02 at 12:38 (085195)

The toes on my right foot and the ball of my right foot are going numb. It doesn't hurt, just tingles. I've seen a podiatrist, back specialist, and a neurologist. They all think TTS, especially after the MRI and EMG I had last week. But after reading about TTS, I don't think that's my problem (I HOPE!) I have very flat feet, but my foot doesn't hurt! All the Dr.'s are mentioning surgery already. Are they jumping the gun?

Re: numb toes

Mike S. on 5/26/02 at 13:13 (085293)

Good Question! It has been the general consensus of this board when I was asking that question that I delay to try anything that might work or to find out if diagnosis was right. Sounds prudent. I did all the conservative things, doctors had different diagnoses, etc. In the end, the podiatrists WHO DO THE SURGERY say that success is better if you don't wait too long! Personally, I wish I did not wait as long as I did, over a year after they said TTS, but almost 3 years of pain.

Which toes are going numb, how long ago did it start, how old are you and what kind of work do you do? Why did you see a back specialist? Just curious as to how you ended up there.

Re: Good Question

Sharon W on 5/26/02 at 21:20 (085323)

Debbie,

Are they jumping the gun?? That's a VERY difficult question to answer. If you go ahead and have surgery right away, you'll never know whether one of those 'conservative treatments' would have worked for you. And surgery isn't always successful; sometimes it can be a real disaster. On the other hand, IF the surgery IS successful, once you recover from it you can get on with your life! (Of course, you will always have to be good to your feet, to make sure the problem never returns, but that possibility sure sounds GOOD, doesn't it??)

My pod wanted to try ALL the conservative methods first for TTS, but none of them really worked for me, so now we are left with surgery. In December I had an MRI that showed a varicose vein (what doctors call a 'space-occupying lesion') in my tarsal tunnel. But my pod did not want to take it out, she still wanted to wait and try other things. In March I had a nerve conduction test that also showed TTS, but she STILL did not want to operate. Last week I saw her and we've tried all the 'conervative measures' so now she DOES want to operate -- in fact, she seems in a bit of a hurry to get it done! She told me the same thing Mike said in his post -- that it's better to go ahead and get that vein out of there, because the longer tarsal tunnel syndrome persists, the worse my chances will be for a successful surgery!

Go figure...

-- Sharon

Re: numb toes

Debbie D on 5/26/02 at 22:12 (085327)

Hello,
Thanks for your input.
I am a 35 year old Kindergarten teacher. I have been wearing Big Ugly Shoes for the last 10 years. My feet are vert flat, and my knee's tend to dislocate. When I wear the BigUglyShoes my feet and knees feel better.

I saw a back specialtist after my pod said it was a pinched nerve in my back causing my big toe, and the next two toes to tingle and eventually go numb. The ball of my foot is losing sensation too. None of it is painful, yet. I did have plantar faciaitis (sp?) a few years ago that cleared up with new orthodicts and an anti-inflamatory med.

I've had an MRI and a nerve conduction test and both point to TTS. We've ruled out diabetes and high blood pressure. I see the Dr. again in two weeks to discuss 'options'.
thanks

Re: numb toes

Mike S. on 5/26/02 at 13:13 (085293)

Good Question! It has been the general consensus of this board when I was asking that question that I delay to try anything that might work or to find out if diagnosis was right. Sounds prudent. I did all the conservative things, doctors had different diagnoses, etc. In the end, the podiatrists WHO DO THE SURGERY say that success is better if you don't wait too long! Personally, I wish I did not wait as long as I did, over a year after they said TTS, but almost 3 years of pain.

Which toes are going numb, how long ago did it start, how old are you and what kind of work do you do? Why did you see a back specialist? Just curious as to how you ended up there.

Re: Good Question

Sharon W on 5/26/02 at 21:20 (085323)

Debbie,

Are they jumping the gun?? That's a VERY difficult question to answer. If you go ahead and have surgery right away, you'll never know whether one of those 'conservative treatments' would have worked for you. And surgery isn't always successful; sometimes it can be a real disaster. On the other hand, IF the surgery IS successful, once you recover from it you can get on with your life! (Of course, you will always have to be good to your feet, to make sure the problem never returns, but that possibility sure sounds GOOD, doesn't it??)

My pod wanted to try ALL the conservative methods first for TTS, but none of them really worked for me, so now we are left with surgery. In December I had an MRI that showed a varicose vein (what doctors call a 'space-occupying lesion') in my tarsal tunnel. But my pod did not want to take it out, she still wanted to wait and try other things. In March I had a nerve conduction test that also showed TTS, but she STILL did not want to operate. Last week I saw her and we've tried all the 'conervative measures' so now she DOES want to operate -- in fact, she seems in a bit of a hurry to get it done! She told me the same thing Mike said in his post -- that it's better to go ahead and get that vein out of there, because the longer tarsal tunnel syndrome persists, the worse my chances will be for a successful surgery!

Go figure...

-- Sharon

Re: numb toes

Debbie D on 5/26/02 at 22:12 (085327)

Hello,
Thanks for your input.
I am a 35 year old Kindergarten teacher. I have been wearing Big Ugly Shoes for the last 10 years. My feet are vert flat, and my knee's tend to dislocate. When I wear the BigUglyShoes my feet and knees feel better.

I saw a back specialtist after my pod said it was a pinched nerve in my back causing my big toe, and the next two toes to tingle and eventually go numb. The ball of my foot is losing sensation too. None of it is painful, yet. I did have plantar faciaitis (sp?) a few years ago that cleared up with new orthodicts and an anti-inflamatory med.

I've had an MRI and a nerve conduction test and both point to TTS. We've ruled out diabetes and high blood pressure. I see the Dr. again in two weeks to discuss 'options'.
thanks