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Mrleft8
10-07-2009, 10:10 AM
For years now I've had sore feet. Not the kinda sore that comes from stubbing your toe, or dropping a 100 pound anvil on your foot, but more an ache like I've been running barefoot on 1" crushed stone. The balls of my feet are the worst, the sides of my big toes, and heels are next. The tops of my feet are hyper sensitive to any pressure. I get electric shock type twinges in my toes every so often. I've been whining to my Dr. about this for years, but he says "Try aleve" or "Maybe you need to soak your feet in hot water"... And pretty much dismisses it. I finally got him to send me to a neurologist because they're getting so bad that I'm unable to stand on them for any reasonable length of time.
I've had an achey back for years due in part to an automobile accident, and bad lifting practices when I was young and indestructible. My theory is that my sore feet are a result of nerve damage from my spine.... The Dr. thinks the achey back is from standing/walking funny from the sore feet.....
Any opinions from the learned forum?
(I go to the neurologist this afternoon.)

LeeG
10-07-2009, 10:30 AM
find a different general practitioner. While you're looking for the professional diagnosis from on high develop your own therapy regimen throughout the day. Whether it's massaging your feet. elevating them, stretch/relaxing breaks during the day. Basically whatever chronic problem you've developed is over time outside of the medical realm and whatever improvement you develop with the professionals will occur over time and on your own.

I don't know squat about nerve issues in the spine, I had plantar fascistis for a year that developed in one foot and then another. Thank god it ended.

Brian Palmer
10-07-2009, 10:34 AM
Ask the neurologist if you should also see a podiatrist (they specialize in feet, you know).

Hope all goes well.

Brian

Mrleft8
10-07-2009, 10:42 AM
I've tried store bought insoles. I've tried the custom orthopedics insoles, I've tried new shoes with super-duper arch support. I've tried massaging. I've tried glucosamine. I've tried sore feet creams...

TimH
10-07-2009, 10:44 AM
Speaking of sore feet, I just fired off this email to Keen Shoes.

Hello,

I have been a big fan of your keen Newport sandals for a number of years and have been on my second pair for about a year.
All of the sudden I noticed the sensation of something sticky on my left heel. It would come and go and for the life of me I could not figure out what it was. I could see nothing on the surface of the shoe.
After a while I noticed all of my left socks have holes in the heel when I take them off. Even my brand new socks.
Then a short while later I noticed something was pricking my heel but when I looked I could see nothing.
After this went on for a few weeks I was at an outdoor event and walking all day when I felt something at my heel and noticed my heel was bleeding. This time I found that if I pushed real hard on the heel I could feel something sharp inside. After digging a bit with tweezers I managed to extract a 1” long piece of broken off sewing machine needle.
Now my heel is infected and most of my socks have holes in the heel.

Thanks a lot. You need to improve your quality control.

SMARTINSEN
10-07-2009, 10:52 AM
I've tried store bought insoles. I've tried the custom orthopedics insoles, I've tried new shoes with super-duper arch support. I've tried massaging. I've tried glucosamine. I've tried sore feet creams...


Try rum.

Mrleft8
10-07-2009, 10:58 AM
I do find that after a few cocktails in the evening the pain subsides just a tetch...

Bob Triggs
10-07-2009, 11:07 AM
You really do need a qualified definitive diagnosis befoe you start taking medical advice on the intenet. Chronic foot pain can be related to many things, some of them quite serious; diabetes, circulatory disorders, neurological disorders, metabolic disoders like gout. Too many underlying possibilities to list. You need a few good doctors.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
10-07-2009, 11:10 AM
Crocs.

They may not help but you can still look silly.

LeeG
10-07-2009, 11:18 AM
I've tried store bought insoles. I've tried the custom orthopedics insoles, I've tried new shoes with super-duper arch support. I've tried massaging. I've tried glucosamine. I've tried sore feet creams...

do you have the appt. with the specialist? How about yoga with a bunch of fit 40yr old women. They always have helpful hints.

Michael s/v Sannyasin
10-07-2009, 11:24 AM
Is it worse when getting up out of bed in the morning? As mentioned above, plantar fascistis is a pretty common malady. I'm pretty sure that's what I had for a while. I found that some Timberland slip-on shoes helped a lot, but once they were a little worn, or if I got them soaking wet, they tended to lose their beneficial effects.

I finally tracked my problem back to the chair I was using at work. The seat edge was hard and it was either messing with my circulation, or the nerves in the back of my knees. So, I grabbed one of the big cushy chairs out of the conference room, that helped a lot. I also got this foot rest thing, so that my feet were higher off the ground, so, my knees weren't dangling off the edge of the chair.

Lastly, I did a lot of exercises on a machine at the gym where you press yourself up onto your tip toes with weight on your shoulders.

My feet don't hurt anymore.

Paul Pless
10-07-2009, 11:24 AM
I've tried store bought insoles. I've tried the custom orthopedics insoles, I've tried new shoes with super-duper arch support. I've tried massaging. I've tried glucosamine. I've tried sore feet creams...So its down to SAS then huh? I'd probably give the doctor one more shot too . . .

http://i.ebayimg.com/20/!Bb5ypug!Wk~$(KGrHqIH-DgEquSdBq5vBKyM1MtOeQ~~_35.JPG

Popeye
10-07-2009, 11:24 AM
How about yoga with a bunch of fit 40yr old women.

you do know about yoga farts , don't you ..

huisjen
10-07-2009, 11:29 AM
Crocs are actually horrible for your feet, or so a chiropractor told me a few weeks ago. (My only visit to one ever.) Wear good shoes. I've found my feet have improved by wearing my Hi-Tek hikers regularly.

Otherwise, I've been going to yoga classes. You should try it. Maybe it will help you re-align things to improve posture, loosen tense muscles, and reduce fatigue and foot pain. Or, if you're lucky, maybe you'll simply be too distracted by some of your fellow students to notice that your feet hurt.

Dan

ripley699
10-07-2009, 11:30 AM
next time you are at your doctors,ask him what you uric acid level is...tell me if it is higher than 0.6...

mine runs around 0,8 and I have a wee little pill i take each morning nd "Voila !" gone !

huisjen
10-07-2009, 11:31 AM
Crocs are actually horrible for your feet, or so a chiropractor told me a few weeks ago. (My only visit to one ever.) Wear good shoes. I've found my feet have improved by wearing my Hi-Tek hikers regularly.

Otherwise, I've been going to yoga classes. You should try it. Maybe it will help you re-align things to improve posture, loosen tense muscles, and reduce fatigue and foot pain. Or, if you're lucky, maybe you'll simply be too distracted by some of your fellow students to notice that your feet hurt.

Dan

Popeye
10-07-2009, 11:37 AM
ahhh .. the agony of de feet

Iceboy
10-07-2009, 11:40 AM
Gout?

Popeye
10-07-2009, 11:41 AM
sounds like gout

or could be a tumor

SMARTINSEN
10-07-2009, 11:42 AM
y.

Otherwise, I've been going to yoga classes. You should try it. Maybe it will help you re-align things to improve posture, loosen tense muscles, and reduce fatigue and foot pain. Or, if you're lucky, maybe you'll simply be too distracted by some of your fellow students to notice that your feet hurt.

Dan


Maybe you could tell us about the yoga farts

Popeye
10-07-2009, 11:45 AM
it 's not nice to talk about yoga farts while yoga farting occurs

Popeye
10-07-2009, 11:57 AM
i remember when dad got admitted to the hospital for a routine day surgery for a varicose vein he had in his leg
they got him all prepped and painted his leg with iodine ,when in walks the surgeon , abruptly grabs dad by the leg and with the most serious dead pan look tells him .. 'the leg , it's got to come off ' ..

wtf !!??

..

'or maybe we will try to save it ' says the surgeon and spins on his heel and marches off again , everyone laughing until they turned red

huisjen
10-07-2009, 12:38 PM
Just have them off.
--Aimee Mullins.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ0iMulicgg

Dan

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
10-07-2009, 11:15 PM
I wondered why my feet hurt so bad.
It's made roller skating no fun at all for me lately.
I found out I had diabetes recently and was advised to wear special socks and shoes.
It's hell gettin old ain't it Lefty?

Mrleft8
10-08-2009, 07:33 AM
My blood sugar is normal. My uric acid level is normal. I don't have fascist plantars.
According to this guy (The neurologist), it looks like I have nerve damage, probably due to a pinched nerve in my back. Of course he needs to send me for an MRI, then needs to do a electrical impulse test to determine what exactly the problem consists of. ($$$$) He wants me to take vitamin b-12 and some other supplement that I can't recall right now. The nice lady at the office offered to sell them to me to save me a trip to the pharmacy. ($$$$$$$$$) I told her no thanks. Over $100 for freakin' vitamins? Sorry Charlie, but that's not in my budget right now. Especially after a $30 co-pay for the initial consultation, god knows how much for the MRI, and more still for the electrical impulse testing...
So I'll hobble along for a while longer...

Michael s/v Sannyasin
10-08-2009, 08:04 AM
maybe you just need a few hours on The Rack...

Mrleft8
10-08-2009, 08:06 AM
Got one?

Michael s/v Sannyasin
10-08-2009, 09:42 AM
geeze, you're the furniture maker! In all seriousness, I'll bet some sort of inversion device would do wonders for your back.

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
10-08-2009, 10:07 AM
My theory is that my sore feet are a result of nerve damage from my spine.... The Dr. thinks the achey back is from standing/walking funny from the sore feet.....
Any opinions from the learned forum?


That's a pretty good theory by both you and the Doc. From my own experience, I'd have to suggest getting adjusted by a good Chiropractor first, as the cheapest and best option. They may suggest some yoga exercises to keep ya loose.


A soak in warm/hot water with Epsom salts added will help soothe achey feet.

Hwyl
10-08-2009, 10:17 AM
Another vote for Yoga. I love my class. It helps my breathing enormously. Then there's also taking the time to sit down with a nice cup of tea.

Good luck http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecIxpCEGCWA

John Smith
10-08-2009, 10:41 AM
For years now I've had sore feet. Not the kinda sore that comes from stubbing your toe, or dropping a 100 pound anvil on your foot, but more an ache like I've been running barefoot on 1" crushed stone. The balls of my feet are the worst, the sides of my big toes, and heels are next. The tops of my feet are hyper sensitive to any pressure. I get electric shock type twinges in my toes every so often. I've been whining to my Dr. about this for years, but he says "Try aleve" or "Maybe you need to soak your feet in hot water"... And pretty much dismisses it. I finally got him to send me to a neurologist because they're getting so bad that I'm unable to stand on them for any reasonable length of time.
I've had an achey back for years due in part to an automobile accident, and bad lifting practices when I was young and indestructible. My theory is that my sore feet are a result of nerve damage from my spine.... The Dr. thinks the achey back is from standing/walking funny from the sore feet.....
Any opinions from the learned forum?
(I go to the neurologist this afternoon.)

Hope you find a cure, or a way of at least keeping it under control. May or may not be related to each other.

I'd likely start with a Podiatrist and go from there.

MiddleAgesMan
10-08-2009, 01:15 PM
I'll second that--start with a podiatrist. If he can't find a physical or structural issue that can be fixed with the right shoes and/or orthopedic appliances he will have a pretty good idea about the other possibilities and should happily refer you to the right specialist. I would stay away from the chiropractors--all they know is magic. ;)

SMARTINSEN
10-08-2009, 02:49 PM
If it were me, I would stay away from the chiropractor. I went to one once,
and once only--I thought that he was going to break my neck.

I would also second the hanging upside down routine. Though I have not used it lately, we have a hanging upside machine. Basically you are strapped in by your ankles and a tilting table pivots by a minute adjustment of your weight. Years ago my wife bought it because she thinks that at 5'2" she is too short and that the rack would help her gain an inch or two!

But it can do wonders for a lower back nerve impingement if that is the cause of your woes. I know that it helped me relieve a very sore back.

I think that it is called the Gravity Guiding System. Here is an interesting link:
http://www.energycenter.com/grav_f/studies_dr_martin.pdf

http://d3f8w3yx9w99q2.cloudfront.net/1380/health-mark-gravitytrac-inversion-system/health-mark-gravitytrac-inversion-system_0_299x235.png

Paul Pless
10-08-2009, 02:56 PM
I would also second the hanging upside down routine. I just can't see lefty doing it . . .

http://2.media.tumblr.com/1hFBmdYulqtc0u74JxmvWP3Ao1_500.jpg

SMARTINSEN
10-08-2009, 03:06 PM
Batman lives.

Figment
10-08-2009, 03:10 PM
Nothing works out those LTP post-collision kinks like some manly yoga. (http://www.amazon.com/Real-Men-Yoga-Flexibility-Performance/dp/0757301126/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255032495&sr=8-1)

J. Dillon
10-08-2009, 03:21 PM
Ya gotta face it lefty. It's just the start. ;)You're just getting old.
Maybe kicking more A&& would help.... leave me out though.:D

JD

TimH
10-08-2009, 03:26 PM
Hanging upside down can have its advantages

http://www.jonathancrocker.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/spiderman-kiss.jpg

http://www.celebrity-gossip.net/images/photos/kirsten-dunst-spiderman-4.jpg

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
10-08-2009, 03:26 PM
Doc Martens????

Ask Gareth.

Paul Pless
10-08-2009, 03:40 PM
converse???

ask ish :p

TimH
10-08-2009, 03:58 PM
When I lose weight my feet hurt less...and my knees too.

seanz
10-08-2009, 04:27 PM
Crocs are actually horrible for your feet, or so a chiropractor told me a few weeks ago.


But Crocs seem to help my back........:rolleyes:;)

Michael s/v Sannyasin
10-08-2009, 05:01 PM
The inversion machine I see advertised all the time is the Teeter Hang Up (yea, the inventor's name really is Teeter).

http://www.teeter-inversion.com/images/products_block.jpg

At www.teeter-inversion.com

If your foot troubles are related to a nerve in your back, no shoes are going to help.

oznabrag
10-08-2009, 08:14 PM
Gravity Boots!

clancy
10-08-2009, 11:10 PM
The one thing that no one has mentioned is socks. As a result of circulation problems my feet are also extremely sensitive. I wear graduated compression support stockings made by Sigvaris. I purchase them online from AmesWalke (http://www.ameswalker.com/)r. Lefty, I have the same symptoms as you and the knee high stockings make all the difference. I'd suggest a visit to a vascular specialist for a doppler test on your arteries and veins.

Captain Blight
10-08-2009, 11:42 PM
Birkenstock insoles helped me quite a bit when I was running around on deck in steel-toed Carolinas.

It really does sound like plantar fasciitis, at least a bit. Tried taping your feet?

PeterSibley
10-09-2009, 12:34 AM
For years now I've had sore feet. Not the kinda sore that comes from stubbing your toe, or dropping a 100 pound anvil on your foot, but more an ache like I've been running barefoot on 1" crushed stone. The balls of my feet are the worst, the sides of my big toes, and heels are next. The tops of my feet are hyper sensitive to any pressure. I get electric shock type twinges in my toes every so often. I've been whining to my Dr. about this for years, but he says "Try aleve" or "Maybe you need to soak your feet in hot water"... And pretty much dismisses it. I finally got him to send me to a neurologist because they're getting so bad that I'm unable to stand on them for any reasonable length of time.
I've had an achey back for years due in part to an automobile accident, and bad lifting practices when I was young and indestructible. My theory is that my sore feet are a result of nerve damage from my spine.... The Dr. thinks the achey back is from standing/walking funny from the sore feet.....
Any opinions from the learned forum?
(I go to the neurologist this afternoon.)

I'd talk to a physiotherapist and probably a good Chinese trained acupuncturist .

Good Luck .

Mrleft8
10-09-2009, 07:52 AM
Birkenstock insoles helped me quite a bit when I was running around on deck in steel-toed Carolinas.

It really does sound like plantar fasciitis, at least a bit. Tried taping your feet? Taping my feet? Wouldn't plantar fascitis have warts?

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
10-10-2009, 01:31 PM
I would stay away from the chiropractors--all they know is magic. ;)


I suppose it may seem like magic, especially when it works, when nothing else will.