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Right heel numb

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
Recently I woke up about 3 weeks ago with my right foot feeling like it was on fire (heel). I went into the ER and the doctor thought that I had plantar fascitis. Then last week my entire heel went numb which isn't a symptom of plantar fascitis. I'm going in this week to see a foot specialist but I am worried that this might have something to do with my back.(DDD, bulging disk at L5-S1, and facet joint problems)
Has anyone had this symptom before or is the pain and numbness in my foot simply something wrong with my foot?


  • Sounds like S1 nerve is compressed. You need to see a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon, especially if you have already been diagnosed with L5-S1 problems.It is a miserable feeling to have your heel feel like that. I have the same thing with my right heel. I don't want to walk because it feels so strange to walk on it. I have already had the microD 5 weeks ago, and still have the heel numbness. I hope you find out something soon, if the nerve is compressed you will need to do something quick. keep us posted about it.
  • Sandy nurse is correct. I wouldn't waste your time with a foot specialist unless you have another reason for seeing him/her. If you check out a dermatome chart, you will see which level nerve innervates which part of the leg and foot.

    Any of the issues you mention could be causing this pain in your heel. Something is causing the nerve to be compressed, which is causing a radiculopathy that you are feeling in your right heel. Even though the nerve is being compressed in your lower lumbar spine, the sensation radiates down the length of the nerve.

    Sensory symptoms are usually more common but you can also develop muscle weakness. Even though feeling numb is scary, it is usually not as great a cause for concern as when your muscles are affected...like when you develop foot drop, for example.

    You can search for a dermatome chart and can read up on radiculopathy if you want to learn in more detail.

  • Thank you for the replies. I have already made an appoitment for a new MRI and am currently on hold to make an appointment with my ortho Dr. I was hoping it was just something wrong with my foot to be honest. If this is my back then it means my back is getting worse and I am not to excited about the possibility of surgery. Anyway, again thanks for the help!
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