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(Santa Barbara, CA)
I have had this stabbing sensation on the top of both of my feet for about 4 1/2 years now. I am 43 years old and I stopped teaching fitness classes because the pain finally happened while I was on a spinning bike. I have seen every doctor in Santa Barbara, no one can figure it out. I was recently sent to UCLA where I was hoping to get diagnosed, no luck. My symtoms are very much like the other peoples blogs on this web site. It might happen when I'm standing, sitting, lying down, or walking. I will sometimes get a stab on the top of my right or left foot, though the stabbing sensation only happens to one foot at a time. The stabbing pain feels like someone is using a steak knife and driving it through the top of my feet. Sometimes I might get one stab and then it's gone for a month. Sometimes it will come and go frequently for a week and then disappear. I wear Lidocaine patches on both feet everyday. I'm only supposed to wear them for a 12 hour period, but I wear them 24 hours a day. They don't eliminate the pain, they just dilute it a bit. I recently had my second MRI of the lumbar region and I have bulging discs from L2-L5/S1. All of the doctors that have seen my reports say that the foot pain is not connected, because my condition is too minor. I have tried eliminating lunges in my exercise routine for about 3 months to see if that helps..it doesn't. During the spinning class when I felt the stabbing pain while I was on the bike teaching that was the first time in 4 1/2 years that I had ever felt it WHILE I was teaching, it usually happened after the workout if it was going to happen. I am so frustrated because
no doctor knows what this is. I have had two doctors say that possibly it is entrapment/compartment syndrome, but when I say to them "then why is it when someone has carpal tunnel syndrome in the right hand how come it doesn't affect the left hand?" I ask that because when I first had the symptoms it happened to BOTH FEET at the SAME time? It just doesn't add up. I should also let you know that I am also a personal trainer so I am very aware of biomechanical movement, etc. I was really hoping that someone at UCLA would have seen at least one person like me, it was a huge let down. The pain doesn't happen everyday, but when it does it shuts you down. Do you have a suggestion? Any help would be appreciated.
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Michael D. Ebeling
Tampa, Florida 33624
Thanks for a most interesting website, which has helped a lot.
I usually do my research on the Mayo clinic website. I think your website is the most informative site I have found when researching foot pain.
I thank you for putting together this incredible website.
....I have been told that it is not hard enough to be cut off. Please help, I am not sure what to do now! THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL AND VERY HELPFUL SITE!
You have an unusually clear, informative and well-written website for laypersons. Thank you for that.
Mansfield Ctr, CT
First, I'd like to thank you for all the information that you provide on your website and the opportunity to write to you.
First, I want to let you know that you have the best web site I've found related to foot issues. (The only thing I had difficulty finding was the "ask a question" page.)
I received the orthotics Monday afternoon and began wearing them Tuesday. After two days I would say that I have noticed a huge improvement in the discomfort I have been experiencing. My foot feels better than it has in months.
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Pacific Grove, CA
I used to work for a podiatrist (front desk) back during summers in
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All the best,
By the way, millions of websites could use yours as a guideline on how to organize information and make the site user-friendly. Kudos to you!
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