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Aching and numbness

by Vicki
(England)

Aching and numbness of feet in the morning




I am a 53 years old woman, don't drive so probably walk more than average, do not smoke but do drink alcohol, am not overweight and have a profession that entails a lot of time at least three days a week sitting at a computer.

I have been diagnosed recently as having scoliosis (never given me any problems) and osteoarthritis of the spine (which also currently gives no problems but for which I am taking regular medication.)

My hobby is dancing - I do jive, ceroc, salsa and line dancing, as much as I can but at least regularly three times a week. This does not give me any problems. I have always suffered from cold hands and feet - my husband complains that it is like sitting next to a fridge. The last couple of years I have had hot flushes, due to the menopause I suppose, so this has compensated a bit.

My 'problem' isn't something that gives me a lot of difficulties - I would just like it explained to know that it is not something that I should worry about, or could lead to anything worse. When I wake after a night's sleep my feet ache (much more than after an evening's dancing!) When I first get out of bed it is difficult to walk - my feet ache but also feel strange, numb-like, but slightly painful to walk on. After a bit of walking up and down this goes away.

As this does not cause any real problems I have only ever mentioned it to doctors when being quizzed about general health as part of an examination for other problems. When asked 'any other problems?' I explain as above and have only ever received the comment back 'hhmmm.........that's strange.'

Is there a reasonable explanation for this? is it something that needs investigation or can I just carry on as normal?

Hi Vicki,

Your symptoms are very suggestive of "morning stiffness" which is a common observation in osteoarthritis. You get on your feet for the first time and the joints of your feet are a little stiff so they hurt; as you walk around the pain eases up and probably in a very short time you don't even notice your feet. This is very common in people in your age range.

The only thing I would suggest you do is have your feet evaluated by a foot specialist. If he/she notices an excessive amount of motion in your feet, an orthotic might be very helpful in slowing down the degeneration of the joints of your feet.

Marc Mitnick DPM

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Oct 03, 2012
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Foot numbness when sitting too long and every morning getting out of bed.
by: Carol

I am 51yrs old and for the last year and a half I have had tingling and numbness each morning and upon sitting to long. I had an MRI and blood work done to see if it was a pinched nerve or my spinal disc, or some other disease. Come to find out all was ok except my B1 thiamine levels were low. This caused a syndrome called berri berri, there is dry and wet berri berri. I also had weakness in my legs too.

The tests were done 3 weeks ago and my neurologist said I can take a B1 supplement. I have been on this vitiamin for 2 weeks now and no change in my feet. I thinking now it s probably poor circulation. Also alcohol is bad if your having these symptoms cause it causes you to lose your thiamine.

I hope and pray my thiamine levels go back up. I stopped drinking on occasions and will see what happens. Hope this can help anybody else that has the same problem.

Jul 22, 2010
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Numb and Aching Feet--Vitamin B12 Deficiency?
by: Anonymous

I saw an MD response on another site that said that B12 deficiency can sometimes produce these symptoms, and that sublingual B12 can be very helpful. Since diet does seem to affect the frequency and intensity of my morning numbness, this seems a possibility to look into.

Jul 22, 2010
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Numb and Aching Feet in the Morning--Me Too
by: Anonymous

I'm 46, moderately active, but increasingly overweight since I hit 40. I started having numbness and pains in my feet in the morning in my late 30s (when I was quite fit, but not a runner). Have never had an adequate explanation of this. It definitely is not plantar fasciaitus,according to my doctor, although I notice some improvement if I stretch my feet before I go to sleep. Recently I get up in the morning and feel like I'm walking on a pair of hams. A few steps and numbness becomes pain, three minutes or so of walking and I'm mainly pretty much fine. I DO notice that it is better when I am exercising moderately and eating right, ESPECIALLY when I stay away from sugars and simple carbs and am eating significant amounts of green vegetables. And it gets much worse when, as recently, I don't do those things. Would love to hear if anybody has had a diagnosis of this phenomenon.

Feb 24, 2010
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elecric shock feeling in feet
by: kracker

I am 38 and wake up with sort of an electric charge in the top pads of my feet and after walking on it for a minute it goes away but its like it built up an electrical charge over night. I have also noticed that when my husband massages my feet and he hits a spot (on both feet) right under the second toe roughly - I get a funny bone type shock that is very uncomfortable. What could this be? Its odd that it is in both feet too.

Jun 17, 2009
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Foot pain upon waking
by: Anonymous

First thing in the morning I have a numbness where I hardly feel my feet and a distinct pain when they begin to "THAW" out. It is something like what frostbite must feel like? By the time I have moved around and get my work shoes on, the numbness is no longer noticeable, but my feet still hurt. I have a bunion on my left foot that causes quite a bit of pain at times, and I have some soreness in my back as well .... sometimes a shooting pain. I thought it was Diabetes, but I had blood work done, and there was nothing.????
CONFUSED?????

Jun 05, 2009
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Painful feet in the morning
by: Kate Manc

I'm 34 and started having painful feet in the morning a few months ago, it's almost like a burning sensation within the feet. Earlier this year I had shin splints after running, but rested for a month after which my legs stopped aching but I still have painful feet. It's particularly painful first thing when I go down three steps to get to the bathroom. By the time I leave for work I don't notice it. Could this be arthritis? I'm otherwise generally fit and well.

Apr 16, 2009
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Feet Ache Morning
by: Anonymous

I'm 40, in very good health.

When I get out of bed, my feet (the whole foot, not the joints) ache (and feel numb) for about 1 minute.

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