Toes, feet numb

by Tom Bowen
(Springfield, Illinois)

My condition has lasted for over a year. Both my feet are numb all of the time, all toes in particular big toes feel like they are jammed all of the time. Tingling and burning sensation at times. Feeling like stepping on a nail or glass at times. Heal pain as well some times. Wearing socks makes it feel better.

I have worn orthodics for the past five years when I was diagnoised with bone spurs, at that time I could hardly walk. They help and pain went away.

I experience pain in my lower back at times. Was to many years, 15 or more that I had what appeared to be a degenerative disc.

I did take a fall from our deck about a year ago, foot slipped of the last step and landed face first on the ground. Happened so fast I did not catch myself, did a face plant. It was about this time I started to experience my feet problems.

I have had a electrical test that the doctor then determined that he thought I suffered from Tarsal tunnel syndrome.

I have wondered if the fall was the cause since both feet show the same symptoms and started at the same time. The right is a little more severe than the left.

I am meeting with my doctor next Thursday and want to ask for the surgery.

Is there any advise you can give me.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.





Hello Tom,
Ask first about the possibility of diabetes and a peripheral neuropathy. Both can cause the symptoms you are describing the symptoms you are having and an operation won't help in the slightest.

A series of B complex injections - they sting! - would certainly not be amiss before you go for this op.

Frankly, I would go in search of a chiropractor who works with feet, not just orthotics but with the tarsal and metatarsal bones themselves. With your history of heel spurs it could well be a local problem. I treat this sort of thing every day, but yours is now chronic and serious, don't expect miracles from your chiropractor.

Let us know in a month or two how you are getting on.

Dr. Barrie Lewis


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