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Feet problems question

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I've had spinal stenosis since about 1995. First diagnosed as" Your muscles have forgotten how to relax" by a Neurologist. Have and had a lot of knots in my neck and shoulders. Well long story short, I had ACF surgery in 2003, that did not resolve the pain in my neck and elbows, so I've been on pain meds since 2005. Almost a year ago, I thought my feet were swelling on me. Went to my general practitioner and he thought I had blood clots in my legs and thought blood was pooling in my feet. NOT, after having my legs checked thourgholy by
a vein specialist, I've been seeing a podiatrist who agreed at first that I've got
morton's neuroma, but, after several visits including buying some expensive orthotics, ($400.00), he is not wanting to do MRI, or surgery, as he says it could be from a pinched nerve in my back. I have had lower back problems , but I don't have much pain in my lower back, or legs. Just my normal knots and pain and numbness in my neck and shoulders, & triceps. So, my symptoms are my feet feel like the skin is real tight, and both metatarsal areas feel sore, and feel like I'm walking on a pencil in that metatarsal area on both feet. My toes feel a little numb, so, just wondering if anyone on this forum has experienced any thing like this?? My podiatrist wants me to see a neurologist, but I don't have much faith in neurologists. I guess I'll have to spend more time and money going to another doctor now. Thanks in Advance!


  • they go numb during the day and are freezing cold, by night time my big toe on right foot is red hot and swollen, wakes me at night from the burning sensation, cant bare the duvet weight on them and if i have to visit the toilet it feels like walking on hot coals, under my heel feels like a tight elastic band. spoke to doc he gave no answers, im with you on this one, he has suggested i try gabapentin and lower my dose of amitriptyline. if you get any answers please pass them on, take care
  • Hi Robert,

    Your description of your foot symptoms are quite similar to mine. Before surgery, most of my pain/numbness/weakness began just below the knee along the outer aspect of the calf, over the top of the foot and into the toes. The pain was greater in the leg/foot than the back for me. Like you, DX'd with spinal stenosis along w/ other 'fun' stuff. It sounds like it could be l4-l5, l5-s1, take a look at this link for the dermatones for the above areas:


    I still have some issues with numbness/weakness, primarily at the metatarsal joints, little toe can sometimes feel like its on fire, cramping and sometimes just the pressure of the sheet can set me off. I'm not that far out of surgery, it is improving, so I'm hoping this is a good indicator that my nerves are healing. I'm not using meds since my symptoms aren't that bad overall, I'm doing some self massage, applying heat and stretching as much as possible. I would suggest you go and see a fellowship trained neurologist or orthopedic surgeon whose practices are focused on the spine and back issues. Please keep us posted.
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