Ive had chronic burning and aching pain in both feet (mainly heels) for over a year now (ever since I got out of military training) regardless of whether or not I'm sitting or standing. I've gone through pretty much every treatment for plantar fasciitis including the TOPAZ procedure a few months ago which didn't help at all. Dozens of orthotics (custom and OTC) have never worked. All foot imaging (MRI, emg, ultrasound, x rays, blood tests) comes up normal.
Most doctors and PT's I've worked with have assumed that all the pain I've been feeling has been localized in the foot since up until recently, I never had any back, butt, or leg pain.
I was finally sent to a neurologist for this constant burning, weakness and aching I was feeling in my feet. The only reason he suspected a possibility of this coming from my back is because I told him recently I would get a mild ache down my legs into my ankle when I'm about to have a bowl movement. But it usually wasnt very noticeable. So I did an MRI and he said there were 3 herniated discs in my back, one of which was broad based and going into the L5 S1 nerve. EMG/NCS also confirmed a "chronic" pinched nerve.
He was very surprised that I only had pain in my feet and not really in the leg or buttox. He said usually JUST foot pain is localized in the feet.
My question is, could this be the reason for all the foot pain I've been having? Can a herniated disc or sciatica mimic symptoms of plantar fasciitis? Just curious if anyone has had similar experiences.