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Foot Pain!

southforkgirlssouthforkgirl Posts: 38
Hello, Everyone, Its been a while since Ive been on here. I have a question. Does anyone have foot pain from their spine? I have the weirdest thing happening. Both of my feet have been hurting bad but the pain is on the bottoms of them. It feels like there is no cushion on the bottom of my feet, like my foot bones have nothing between them and the floor. I have 2 herniated discs at L3-L4 and L4-L5. Please, if there is anyone that can tell me if this is one of the symptoms of that, I would at least know thats what is wrong with my feet. Thank you in advance


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    ..is, but I've been experiencing same thing. Seems like it's occurring more often...like almost everyday.

    It's like my heels are killing me, so then start walking funny and...if not one thing it's another.

    After looking on that dermadome...map..picture..it seems to me it is like L5..but I don't really know.

    At first I started to wear shoes more often, but that isn't even helping relieve the pain anymore.

    I agree....it's weird!
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  • I think that is similar to what I feel ...

    half of my right foot towards small toe feels like is not mine !

    Another way I describe it to friends is that it feels like walking barefoot on large pebbles on a beach.

  • Where do I start,

    Had L5/S1 spondylolisthesis surgery 9 weeks ago,recent nerve block 1 week ago for leg cramps muscle spasms in left leg/ankle/foot.

    A few years ago I had problems with both feet like walking on bone,it was so painful I was told it was mostly metatarsal pain, I have not walked properly for years,I was sent to hospital and had casts of my feet done in some soft sponge, this was sent away and two inner soles were made for my shoes, they could tell where I was putting my weight so this was taken into consideration to relieve my foot pain,I have had them for around 5/6 years now and they have been great an exact cast of my foot takes the pressure off.

    Nick explained it well for me like walking on a pebble beach,,spot on.

    I do not think it is related to by spine problems although I have nerve problems in my leg and foot I put it down to how badly I walked putting pressure in all the wrong places causing pain.

    All the best Des

  • Im pretty sure its my spine that is causing it. And it is like walking on bone. And it feels like you are walking on pebbles also. Very painful and its been getting worse the last week or so. I have an appointment with a new surgeon on the 8th of February, so maybe he can tell me what to do. Thanks guys for your help
  • my 'walking on pebbles' problem started a few days after my first sciatica symptoms and up to now it seems I am lucky in that it is slightly painful although very annoying.

    southforkgirl please let us know after the 8th of February what your new surgeon says about this symptom.

    Life is what you make of it except in a few cases where bad luck or your dna decided otherwise.

    Think possitive and be well.
  • You may well have a good point with your diagnosis we all seem to have similar symptoms It will be interesting to see how you get on on the 8th Feb.I have been thinking this was a separate problem for years.

    Good luck

  • Hi All, I never saw the surgeon. They called me a few days before my appointment and told me he was gonna be out of town that week. Wow, not much notice for me. I had already paid for our hotel room (non-refundable). I was rather pissed. So they gave me an appointment with his PA for the 9th. (how nice of them). So, the morning of the 9th, we were getting ready to leave the hotel and head to my appointment when i got a call from their office and they asked if i could come in the following day instead, I said "What, no way, you know im not from hear and im going back home today, it has to be today. She said well can you come in later and I said no. She said the PA had a water leak the nite before and he was running way behind and was hoping he didnt have to come in. I told her to just forget it, Ill find a Doctor who cares about his practice. I think I dodged a bullet there, If they are like that now, what the heck would he be like if he did surgery on me. Yicks. I was so upset from the whole thing not to mention in excessive pain. After I returned home I had an appointment with my PM. He told me there really isnt anything a surgeon will do except do surgery, thats why they are called surgeons. Well, Duh. Anyway, he thinks im depressed because of the pain and put me on cymbalta. he said to try it for a month before I look for another Doctor. I hope it will help. I doesnt help with pain but I think it helps with my outlook. I also take hydrocodone and soma. I just wish I could get this fixed and stop all the drugs. I hate having to take them. Sorry for venting guys. God Bless All
  • Well what a muddle you had with the Doc,I hope you get some answers soon but if you have no luck with them I still would recommend the shoe inserts from my previous post,I simply buy new shoes throw away the inserts that come with the shoes and insert my custom made ones( made at hospital) they really do take the pressure off the tender boney horrible bits on the sole of your feet.It may sound silly but there was no treatment for me for this so it was a last resort and it has helped a lot.

    I too have upper and lower spine problems this may have had an impact on my feet I just do not know,the Doctors had no idea even after scans,lets hope they find something and can treat it for you,I do hope so

    All the best Des.
  • I will certainly be open to trying the shoe inserts. I will ask my regular Doc if he can help with that. Im sure that when im ready my doc will refer me to a good surgeon he can trust. I just need to get a more resent MRI done. My last one was over a year ago. At that time I was already a mess but I just dont like the idea of another surgery. Ive had 2 already. Im gonna try to hold out longer if I can. Maybe when spring gets here it will be easier for me because of the warmth. AAhhh that will be nice. Thanks for you're support guys. God Bless All
  • I also have foot pain-- most pain in my heel area.. very painful. I also have wandering gnomes that seem to numb then pins and needles then numb again different areas of my toes and upper foot-- both feet.. heel only on one foot...
    I am thinking nerves... not sure though. Willl look into the shoe inserts .
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  • Try a search for custom orthotics or orthoses.I just did on U tube,certainly worth a thought,helped me with painful metatarsal pain when I had these custom made.

    All the best Des

  • i have pain on the bottom of my right foot from my L4-5 injury, and pain on the outside of my left foot from l5-S1 injury
  • i had sciatica and severe pain in m right hip and buttocks both before and after my L5/S1(planned
    L4/L5(emergency add on) fusion surgery but after 6 months of continued pain I know also have severe pain in both my heels. So now I can't sit or stand for very long. I am beggining to get disheartened and tired of the never-ending pain. Have yet to get much of an answer from either my primary or my surgeon. All I hear is " It takes time for the nerves to heal..." Love to get an answer is anyone out there has more info than I can find online.
  • Every morning when I get up from my bed, I get a lot of pain from underneath my left foot in the arch area.

    At first it was cramp at the base of foot, then on occasions I would get pain under my foot as if I had stepped on a small object that would fill the arch of my foot.

    Now if I lie down on my bed or sit on chairs of certain heights I get the pain.

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  • 4 years ago I had a fusion at L4/L5 (three prior discectomies at same sight).

    I've been battling the crazy foot problem....even went to a foot and ankle specialist who did MRIs of my foot/ankle..his diagnosis: it's coming from my back. I had an EMG done at the same time that said I had L5 and S1 radiculopathy.

    My pain doc did a final lumbar MRI which did not suggest anything operable seriously wrong in my back. Final diagnosis is that I have nerve damage effecting L5 and S1....which is the culprit of my foot pain/discomfort (I get some stinginess in my lower leg and calf too).

    I've been on Lyrica for quite a while, but it's not cutting it. Pain doc is steering me towards trying a nerve stimulator (implanted in my back). I'm dragging my feet on this option, wanting to get one more neurosurgeon opinion before I agree on a stimulator.

    The foot pain definitely effects what and how I approach things. Sitting and standing are what seem to aggravate it the most. When I'm laying down everything eases up.

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