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First , Arch Pain. Now, Top Of Foot Numbness

Posted by Anna on 1/12/03 at 15:07 (105315)

I posted here about a month ago, talking about my arch problems. I haven't seen a podiatrist, due to having no health insurance. i have done lots of research and reading about pf, and I think that is what I have. For a brief summary: I am 27 yo female. I was running seriously for about 10 months. averaging 4 times a week 3 days running about 3.25 mi. The other day I would do a 'distance run' of about 5.20 miles. I started having burning foot pain which progressed to heel and arch pain that was so bad that I couldnt run anymore. I havent run since the end of November. Now here it is January and obviously I have gained weight b/c I stopped running and I am on a strict diet. I have lost about 2 lbs in the first week. My current problem is the top of my right foot is getting numb on and off. I went and bought New Balance 'roll bar' sneakers spent 150 dollars and they dont help for running..I tried twice but was only able to run for 7 minutes. ( I know I know I shouldnt have, but I wanted to try) Currently, I walk about 35 min 5 days a week on the treadmill. I read online that the numbness could be a neuroma. The New Balance foot guy told me that as well. Is Neuroma a complication of untreated PF? I got a bunch of foot products for Christmas, since my family knows I have this problem. I got a foot bath, a portable foot massager, and also got one that heats up and has spinning things on it. They work nicely, but I have a need for a deeper massage in the feet. Can any of you recommend another foot product that massages the feet rather than vibrates them?
Anyone have any info on a neuroma and what it comes from?
Thanks
Anna

Re: You really need a diagnosis

BrianG on 1/12/03 at 19:46 (105323)

Hi Anna,

I can't help you with the Neuroma, but I'm sure you can find whatever you need using the 'Search' feature. If you have time, read Scott's book, also found at this website. Most importantly, I'd bite the bullet and see a doctor, to at least get a diagnosis. You can see a Podiatrist, a Sports Medicine doc, or even an Orthopeadic doc who specializes in feet.

Good luck
BrianG

Re: First , Arch Pain. Now, Top Of Foot Numbness

Marty on 1/13/03 at 17:55 (105406)

I have had the top of my foot go numb and tigel too. It was because I tighten my shoe laces to tight. Other then that all I know is you might or might not have the condition your talking about.

Have you posted on the Doctors board. They might have some things you can try to help this out. I'm not sure if the treatment for this would be the same as it would for PF but if it were me I would stop walking etc. and let it have a break. Heat might be aggravating it too. Have you tried ice? I would give it some real time rest like a week, then if that doesn't help I would give it a month. No running, walking or anything like that. I would even stay off it as much as possible. If it's not feeling better you might need to go to a doctor. Yes I know many here will tell you to go right away but I know what it's like to not have insurance.

Marty

Re: First , Arch Pain. Now, Top Of Foot Numbness

Elizabeth M on 1/13/03 at 22:35 (105424)

I have had foot pain for the past six months. I went to several doctors and physiotherapists and sports injury specialists. The pain started with a swelling on the inside of my ankle and it became swollen and extremely painful to touch. The pain later travelled to my arch and down my foot like a cramp. When I stretch my toes up I get some releif. One physio told me it was from the small of my back and she gave me leg exercises to do. Sometimes this helped other times it make it worse. The pain wakes me at night and at times it is excruciating and I am unable to sleep. One doctor told me it was soft tissue damage and gave me anitinflamitories, these worked for a while but now they have no effect. Painkillers do not work either. Sometime if I put my foot in warm water it releives the cramp. When the pain occurs the inside of my ankle swells significantly and becomes red and inflammed. Please help, it is spoiling my life. I cycle and walk and I am very fit generally, but have been unable to tramp through the forest since this pain started. I have worn flat shoes all my life and the pain started when I wore high heels for a short while. Please, anyone out there able to help!!!

Re: Elizabeth

Kathy G on 1/14/03 at 09:37 (105448)

Elizabeth,

I'm so sorry to hear of your extreme pain. It sounds horrible. How many doctors did you go to, and were any of them podiatrists? I have no expertise but suggest that you post on the Doctor's page for suggestions. It sure sounds like you need to find one doctor you trust and hopefully get on a treatment regime.

Good luck!

Re: You really need a diagnosis

Kathy G on 1/14/03 at 09:45 (105451)

Anna,

Brian is right. You need to see a doctor for a definitive diagnosis. The money you are spending on shoes, inserts and other gadgets would be better spent on a doctor. If you peruse the postings, you'll see that many people spent hundreds of dollars on shoes and orthotics that didn't work and then decided to see a doctor. I don't know what it is about us but we all seem to think that we can treat foot problems ourselves and we really can't. Once you get a diagnosis, this website will be of great use to you.

I had a neuroma but the numbness was in my toe, not the top of my foot.

Good luck. Take action now before you get more frustrated about not being able to work out and the problem gets worse.

Re: First , Arch Pain. Now, Top Of Foot Numbness

BrianJ on 1/14/03 at 10:40 (105454)

Elizabeth --

You may want to do some research on 'tarsal tunnel syndrome,' also known as TTS. TTS results from impingement on a nerve branch that runs down the inside of your ankle and supplies feeling to your foot. If you use your finger to tap the painful area on the inside of your ankle, does it cause a tingling or electrical shock feeling? If so, this may be further reason to consider TTS. Of course, the best thing would be to get examined promptly by a good podiatrist or orthopod.

Good luck, and please keep us apprised.

Re: First , Arch Pain. Now, Top Of Foot Numbness

john h on 1/14/03 at 11:20 (105460)

Elizabeth I would sure take a hard look at my shoewear and make sure I had a good shoe with plenty of room at the toe box, they fit correctly and provide the needed support. For swelling you might consider some support stockings which you can purchase at most drug stores. They help preventing blood pooling in your feet.

Re: First , Arch Pain. Now, Top Of Foot Numbness

Marty on 1/14/03 at 12:46 (105472)

Elisabeth,

You posted inside a post so many might not see it. You might want to repost. And post on the doctor board. Man you have to please see a foot and ankle specialist like a podiatrist or a .... man help me out here guys. Ask who to see on the doctors board too. Do not run on it anymore. I know how hard it is to let years of hard work go but you had better take time off. I mean any time on it that can be avoided for now.

Best of luck

Marty

Re: You really need a diagnosis

BrianG on 1/12/03 at 19:46 (105323)

Hi Anna,

I can't help you with the Neuroma, but I'm sure you can find whatever you need using the 'Search' feature. If you have time, read Scott's book, also found at this website. Most importantly, I'd bite the bullet and see a doctor, to at least get a diagnosis. You can see a Podiatrist, a Sports Medicine doc, or even an Orthopeadic doc who specializes in feet.

Good luck
BrianG

Re: First , Arch Pain. Now, Top Of Foot Numbness

Marty on 1/13/03 at 17:55 (105406)

I have had the top of my foot go numb and tigel too. It was because I tighten my shoe laces to tight. Other then that all I know is you might or might not have the condition your talking about.

Have you posted on the Doctors board. They might have some things you can try to help this out. I'm not sure if the treatment for this would be the same as it would for PF but if it were me I would stop walking etc. and let it have a break. Heat might be aggravating it too. Have you tried ice? I would give it some real time rest like a week, then if that doesn't help I would give it a month. No running, walking or anything like that. I would even stay off it as much as possible. If it's not feeling better you might need to go to a doctor. Yes I know many here will tell you to go right away but I know what it's like to not have insurance.

Marty

Re: First , Arch Pain. Now, Top Of Foot Numbness

Elizabeth M on 1/13/03 at 22:35 (105424)

I have had foot pain for the past six months. I went to several doctors and physiotherapists and sports injury specialists. The pain started with a swelling on the inside of my ankle and it became swollen and extremely painful to touch. The pain later travelled to my arch and down my foot like a cramp. When I stretch my toes up I get some releif. One physio told me it was from the small of my back and she gave me leg exercises to do. Sometimes this helped other times it make it worse. The pain wakes me at night and at times it is excruciating and I am unable to sleep. One doctor told me it was soft tissue damage and gave me anitinflamitories, these worked for a while but now they have no effect. Painkillers do not work either. Sometime if I put my foot in warm water it releives the cramp. When the pain occurs the inside of my ankle swells significantly and becomes red and inflammed. Please help, it is spoiling my life. I cycle and walk and I am very fit generally, but have been unable to tramp through the forest since this pain started. I have worn flat shoes all my life and the pain started when I wore high heels for a short while. Please, anyone out there able to help!!!

Re: Elizabeth

Kathy G on 1/14/03 at 09:37 (105448)

Elizabeth,

I'm so sorry to hear of your extreme pain. It sounds horrible. How many doctors did you go to, and were any of them podiatrists? I have no expertise but suggest that you post on the Doctor's page for suggestions. It sure sounds like you need to find one doctor you trust and hopefully get on a treatment regime.

Good luck!

Re: You really need a diagnosis

Kathy G on 1/14/03 at 09:45 (105451)

Anna,

Brian is right. You need to see a doctor for a definitive diagnosis. The money you are spending on shoes, inserts and other gadgets would be better spent on a doctor. If you peruse the postings, you'll see that many people spent hundreds of dollars on shoes and orthotics that didn't work and then decided to see a doctor. I don't know what it is about us but we all seem to think that we can treat foot problems ourselves and we really can't. Once you get a diagnosis, this website will be of great use to you.

I had a neuroma but the numbness was in my toe, not the top of my foot.

Good luck. Take action now before you get more frustrated about not being able to work out and the problem gets worse.

Re: First , Arch Pain. Now, Top Of Foot Numbness

BrianJ on 1/14/03 at 10:40 (105454)

Elizabeth --

You may want to do some research on 'tarsal tunnel syndrome,' also known as TTS. TTS results from impingement on a nerve branch that runs down the inside of your ankle and supplies feeling to your foot. If you use your finger to tap the painful area on the inside of your ankle, does it cause a tingling or electrical shock feeling? If so, this may be further reason to consider TTS. Of course, the best thing would be to get examined promptly by a good podiatrist or orthopod.

Good luck, and please keep us apprised.

Re: First , Arch Pain. Now, Top Of Foot Numbness

john h on 1/14/03 at 11:20 (105460)

Elizabeth I would sure take a hard look at my shoewear and make sure I had a good shoe with plenty of room at the toe box, they fit correctly and provide the needed support. For swelling you might consider some support stockings which you can purchase at most drug stores. They help preventing blood pooling in your feet.

Re: First , Arch Pain. Now, Top Of Foot Numbness

Marty on 1/14/03 at 12:46 (105472)

Elisabeth,

You posted inside a post so many might not see it. You might want to repost. And post on the doctor board. Man you have to please see a foot and ankle specialist like a podiatrist or a .... man help me out here guys. Ask who to see on the doctors board too. Do not run on it anymore. I know how hard it is to let years of hard work go but you had better take time off. I mean any time on it that can be avoided for now.

Best of luck

Marty