feet tingle and burn when i first walk on them in the morning
my feet tingle and burn when I first walk on them in the morning. and if I have been sitting for a long period of time I have to walk like I am crippled for a few seconds unitl I can walk regularly because my legs and feet are stiff. I ran a half marathon 4 years ago and have not ran since because when I run the pain is unbearable in my low back
Hi, The lower back would be the first place I would explore as the cause of your burning and tingling in your feet. I suggest you consult with a neurologist. Marc Mitnick DPM
Comments for feet tingle and burn when i first walk on them in the morning
About a week ago, I woke to numb toes on my right foot. It improved a bit during the day, but was back again the next morning. Now it seems to be almost constant. The 3rd and 4th toe on the right foot seem to be the worst, but I'm starting to feel it on the 2nd toe and on the left foot a little bit also. Perhaps even a bit on the pad of my left foot.
I did phone my Dr. and he said I should not be too concerned, (I'm neck deep in wedding prep for my only child), but it is really starting to bother me. I'm wondering if I should be seen rather than wait until after the wedding as I'd planned. Since it's saturday, I can't talk with my Dr. until Monday.
Hi Tania, Your symptoms are very suggestive of a Morton's neuroma (read my section on Mortons neuroma). If you are noticing the symptoms starting to worsen then you should consider some treatment, because the last thing you want to have happen is have a painful foot and not be able to dance at the wedding. A simple cortisone shot or even oral anti-inflammatory medication may go a long way in reducing your symptoms and then once the wedding is over you can have follow up treatment if warranted. Marc Mitnick DPM
I had back surgery in October 2008, at L4-5 and on November 4, 2008, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident and broke my left ankle.
I am still taking pain medication for the back surgery, and a few weeks ago I awoke with a sensation of burning pain in both my feet. I had to stand under a hot shower to make them feel better. Since then I have intermittently have the same burning sensation but this time, mostly in my great toe, in the area of the tip and the nail. Now that I have noticed that, it seems the rest of my skin as a burning sensation on and off. I am told that I have a torn disc at L3-4, but I have not had any undue pain because of that. Please advise.
Hi Beverly, Your complaints are all too common in those individuals who have had back surgery. To me, it sounds like you have a nerve impingement (irritation) where the nerves come out of the spinal column most likely as a result of the surgery. You need to see your surgeon who might be able to inject the area or possibly recommend therapy. If that does not work you may have to try medication like Neurontin to reduce the symptoms.
I am having burning and pain in my left foot but only in my pinky toe. The other day I was walking and felt like something in my leg like numbness or something in lower leg then last night i awoke to burning and pain in my pinky toe. I though i slept on it wrong and tired to go back to sleep. Well morning came and still same all day. So when i got home from work I put my foot in a foot bath and it eased it up while in water but when I took it out I was in pain and burning again. Do I need to get this checked out or will it go away
Hi Jill, If this pain lasts for more than a week, you can assume it will not go away on its own and you would need to see a podiatrist for treatment. Marc Mitnick DPM
After my back going out my big Toe turns numb when standing
After doing yard work and shoveling lots of river rocks with a wheelbarrel(lifting up and going back and forth(about 30 times) Later on that night it felt like my back was going out due to all the lifting.Now my right big toe goes numb everytime I stand for more then 5 mins.It goes away if I sit or lay down.
Has anyone had this problem before?
Hi Hugh, This problem is fairly common. More often than not the numbness you are feeling in the toe is the result of a pinched nerve in the back. In this case the result of all the heavy lifting you did. You can wait a week or so and see if it goes away. If it persists you may want to visit your doctor because it may be an indication of potentially worse problems with your back. Marc Mitnick DPM
About 6 months ago I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis...up til this point I have never had any problems with feet.. even though I am a RN and work 12 hour shifts. I had custom inserts made... they said I also have a high arch. After a month I was still having issues with my arch hurting, after several attempts of fixing the supports they had new ones made. I am still having severe pain in my feet. By the end of a shift, even if just 8 hours my feet go between burning to numbing pain. The pain is along my heels, my arches, my ankles were the shoes touch and by my toes. I then invested in some Chung Shi shoes and still having issues. What else can it be? What else can I try?
Hi Tanya, The fact that you state you have burning and numbing pain by the end of your shift tells me there is the possibility that you have a heel neuroma (read my section on heel neuroma). Many doctors classify all heel pain into plantar fasciitis whereas in reality there can be additional problems causing your heel pain. You certainly have to address the issue of your high arches and the fact that you walk long hours on hard hospital floors. That is usually done through the use of orthotics, but perhaps the ones you have are not the best type for your foot problem and structure. Discuss with your doctor the possibility of heel neuroma, there are things that can be done to reduce the pain. Marc Mitnick DPM
My left big toe and the right half of the toe next to it have no feeling.
(Corpus Christi, Texas, United states)
I am a 22 year old male, I weigh 232 lbs and I'm 5' 11". I have loss of feeling in my left toe. It is like a U shape of numbness going from the right half of the toe next to my big left toe, to the area between my toes, and to the whole top of the big left toe. I wear flip flops all the time, I need to excercise, but it's raining at the moment. I have had this for months, I really can't remember when I noticed it, maybe a year, not sure. It hasn't spread, I feel no pain, except if I'm massaging it and i pull on the hairs on my toe, then it stings. I also have the craving or uncomfortiblilty to curl my toe inward to pop it. It pops quite a bit so I am sure it is circulation. I'm working on cleaning up my diet by drinking water and eating home instead of eating out. I have started wearing shoes over Sandals and found that the loss of feeling fades some, but when I take my shoes off and go to sleep, the loss of feeling returns. I can move my toes normal, there is no discoloration, the only reason I can tell that I don't have feeling is when I touch it. I don't feel numbness, just the slight urge to pop my toe. When the rainstorms go away I'm going to start running everyday and already I'm wearing shoes not sandals everyday. I am afraid of losing my toe, foot, or having diabetes. My dad says it is circulation and could be an early sign of sugar diabetes, he tells me to excercise so like I said I'm beginning to work on that.
Please help me out. I am afraid to make a visit to the doctor over finding out it is some terrible disease that will result in the loss of my foot. I don't see why I would lose anything though since I have gone along time with this and have had no pain or anything like that.
David, I doubt you are going to lose your foot, just go see a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and perhaps some treatment. Marc Mitnick DPM
burning sensation on inner left ankle below medial malleolus
I have a burning sensation, after I exercise, mostly, below my left medial malleolus in my ankle. And it sometimes flairs up when I walk barefoot. Is it a nerve, or ligament, that is irritated? And what do I do for it? Thanks so much!
Hi Susan, Read my section on "Tarsal Tunnel". That would be the first thing that I can think of that might cause burning in the area you mentioned. If you happen to be flat footed your first option might be to try an arch support. Marc Mitnick DPM
Hi Doctor. For the past 6months I have experienced pains in my feet, mostly in the heel area. On a recent family holiday I took to hiring a wheel chair as I could hardly walk. Once back in England I decided to see my Doc who referred me to a foot specialist. I struggled to tiptoe, and found walking always painful.
I recently had an MRI scan, and was told that the results showed mass internal swelling of the tissue in BOTH feet. I am not an athlete and have not had an injury or accident. I was then sent for blood tests, to rule out thallasemia as I am from Mediterranean background. I have not yet had the results. I have been given an air cast boot to wear on my right foot, and have insoles made for my left foot. They said surgery is a possibility.
Since my last appointment I have experienced back pain, and stabbing pains in hands also.
I have been doing research online, and although the dr never said this is plantar fascitis, Im wondering if this is what I have been diagnosed with? Arthritis is in the family however I am just 19.
Help would be appreciated as I am in agony! Thankyou for your time.
Hi Jennifer, Although you may have plantar fasciitis, the fact that you are now getting back and hand pain leads me to believe there is a possibility that you have a systemic problem which may be causing your pain. I think you need to be worked up by a rheumatologist to rule out a systemic cause for your pain. Marc Mitnick DPM
I sprained my ankle 3 weeks ago and have had clean xrays. I have had constant pain since. Not only constant pain but my ankle at times has a severe sensation of burning pain, so severe that it wakes me up in the middle of the night and I'm ripping the brace and bandage off so sure that I'm going to see a huge red spot because my ankle is on fire! That is how sure I am that my ankle was burning and how real the burning sensation feels. Not only that but I also feel sharp stabbing pains as well. I have had sprained ankles in the past but nothing that carried on this long and with this much pain. Is there anything more that this could be or is this just simply a sprained ankle? Is there other things that can happen when you sprain your ankle to cause this type of pain 3 weeks later?
Hi Erin, This may sound like I am stating the obvious, but as time passes, an injured area should begin to feel better, not worse, so if you were my patient I would be somewhat concerned. Assuming your brace is not too tight then there may be more going on then just a sprain. I would speak to your doctor and let he or she know about your problem. An MRI might be indicated to see if there is more damage then originally thought. If there is no further damage then an ankle sprain, some physical therapy might be helpful in alleviating your symptoms. Marc Mitnick DPM
episodical short very severe stabbing pain in the heel of my right foot
by Marieke Custers
(Ulvenhout the Netherlands)
Since about 6 weeks I experience an episodical very sharp stabbing pain in the heel of my right foot. It is located under the heel at the inside. These attacks come once or twice a day and they typically last only about 5 to 10 seconds. But the pain is very intense. I cannot help screaming and sometimes things drop from my hands. After such an attack, while the pain has gone, I often sit down crying for some time. The attacks are unpredictable and they may occur while sitting down, standing, walking or even in bed. In between these attacks I have no pain at all.
I have read a few posts here in which you mentioned heel neuroma as a possible cause. Could that be my problem too? If so, and in view of the time a treatment would take, what would be the best way to lessen the pain in the meantime in terms of external measures or pain medicine?
Hi Marieke, Assuming it is a true heel neuroma, the problem is you never know when you are going to have an attack so it is difficult to prepare for the attack. Obviously the smart move would be to see a doctor and let he or she take care of it. You are limited as to what you can do on your own. You can try very cushioned shoes to absorb some shock, you can take anti-inflammatory medication (if you can tolerate it), but I would only recommend that for no more than 2-3 weeks. You can try icing the area in an effort to reduce inflammation, but ultimately if you are having such severe pain, it should be brought to the attention of a doctor if for no other reason, it might be something other than a heel neuroma. Marc Mitnick DPM
I had surgery 2 years ago for Spinal Stenosis and the pains in my feet have not gotten better..I am afraid I will lose my balance and fall...The sensations are usually worse when I get up in the morning....During the day with a well cushion shoe or sneaker I function pretty well...I heard of a treatment with Selenium may help...What is your opinion and what do you suggest?
Hi Olimpia, I am familiar with selenium but unfortunately have not heard of its use in neurological conditions. Since you are so uncomfortable you need to have this further examined by a neurologist. If you do not get satisfactory answers from your doctor, consult with another one. Marc Mitnick DPM
I wore heels and went dancing for a long period of time. the next day my feet were extremely numb. Tingly, they stinged, very uncomfortable to walk on, consistently uncomfrotable. the numbing continued on for a bout 2 months continuously. then it only happened occasionally. Now again i wore heels, went out dancing and they are numb again.with the same feeling and symptons. i can no longer go on with this. Circulation problem? i am on mirapex for RLS because we thought it might be that, but obviously not.
Hi Lisa, I am stating the obvious when I say it is a combination of wearing heels and dancing that is causing this numbness. Did you wear the same pair of heels both times? If so, you might consider trying different shoes. If you wore different shoes each time then it is the type of activity you are doing that caused the problem. I do not think it is circulatory in nature, you would have numbness from other activities as well; it seems to be more of a biomechanical problem meaning it is the way your feet function. I would see a podiatrist who could better assess the situation; you may also have to see a neurologist as the source of this numbness could also be coming from your lower back. Marc Mitnick DPM
I have documented arthritis in my ankles. I am in remission from Hodgkins Lymphoma for 3 years. I take Singular and Advare daily. My pain in my feet,toes and ankles is debilitating at times, and other times, it goes away. I've changed shoes, tried the whirlpool,massaged, and taken ibuprophen. I am 61 years young and love to garden and farm. Should I see a podiatrist, my Gp, or my onocologist? Frankly, I am a bit tired of doctors.
Hi Margaret, I can understand your feeling of being tired of doctors. Based on your complaints I think the podiatrist is the person to start with. Marc Mitnick DPM
pricking and sharp pain and burning sensation on both feet
I have friend who is suffering from sharp and pricking pain on both his feet. He has also suffering from burning sensation on his feet. He has been treated with all kinds of medicine including naturopathy (massage). The pain has not stopped. Any help would be appreciated.
Hi Santha, Neuropathy can come from many sources. Read my section on "neuropathy". Because of this I cannot really help you other than to tell your friend to be checked for diabetes and then the other possible causes can be ruled out. Marc Mitnick DPM
I am not used to wear high heels and after I did it, once, about 3 weeks ago, for more than 12 hours in a row, I felt afterward and still feel my toes (specially the ones in the middle) and feet balls very numb and tingling. I feel I have loss of sensation, sharp pain sometimes and I am not able to walk anymore as much as I'd like. I have tried to rest since then but it is not helping.I was hoping everything would get better after some days but it has been more than 3 weeks and I'm starting to worry. Please, can you help me? Thanks Nancy (33)
Hi Nancy, Read my section on Morton's neuroma. You may have aggravated the nerves in the ball of the foot as a result of wearing high heels. I would have thought that after 3 weeks your symptoms would have begun to subside but since they have not you may require some professional care. Do not wait on this, because if the condition gets worse, it will become more painful and it will become more difficult to treat. Marc Mitnick DPM
Sharp shooting pains originating in between toes - but only on step machine at the gym
I am a very active, healthy 30 year old female (I do not wear alot of high heels) and train at the gym 5 days a week. I enjoy running about 3 days of the week on the treadmill and buy new good quality running shoes at least once a year.
I have recently (about 2 months ago) discovered the step machine and the ellpitical trainer at the gym and quite enjoy training on them as well - however - I have noticed that after 20 minutes- my left foot goes numb. Its still bearable - but after 40 min on the same machine, sharp pains shoot through my foot and it feels like they have originated from between my 3rd and 4th toes (counting from big toe) Its very bizarre. No amount of changing socks or shoes can fix it - but I do fing that its not as prominent on the treadmill - only the step machine and elliptical (where there is no actual impact)
The situation is gettin worse and worse and this pain now originates every day at the gym and also later that day when I am in regualar, comfy sneakers.
Please help! M
Hi Monica, The pain in your toes sounds very much like Morton's neuroma (read my section on this condition). You may want to stop the activity that is causing this because if it gets worse it can be a very debilitating problem. I would suggest you see a podiatrist who can better assess your problem. There is a chance with the addition of padding into your sneaker or perhaps an orthotic, you may be able to resume your activity. Marc Mitnick DPM
sept 11, 10 yr old son had 4 weeks of just casting for shortened achilles tendons. that same night child complained of cutting in left ankle . doctors said there was nothing wrong and they were unable to see through the casts. after 4 weeks of misery the casts were removed. my child had full blown cellulitis(looked like a shark ate his foot and ankle and smell was bad). doctor said to slap some antibiotic cream and a band aid when we get home and will be fine. I was unhappy with this and took child to urgent care. was given diagnosis of bad case of cellulitis. antiobitics and topicals were given. It is almost 1 year later and the child still has a scar, tumbness, and tingling in that area from the ankle to his toes and sharp shooting pain in his foot as where it makes him fall. I have taken him to his pediatrician and they just keep telling me that the cellulitis is healed and is fine. They don't want to pursue that there is something going on here. The child is scheduled for achille lenghtening surgery in setp. I am afraid that there may be something wrong and get to the bottom of this first before surgery.
Hi, Your concerns are well founded. The simplest explanation is that he has some nerve or tendon damage from the infection (assuming it was bad enough), however there is always the possibility he still has an infection of deeper structures (although in all liklihood there would still be draining in that area). I would take him to a pediatric orthopedist and get another opinion. Marc Mitnick DPM
I have sudden major heel pain. No pattern to it. All of a sudden, it feels like someone sticks a 1000 volt wire to my heel. May last a few seconds, then gone for hours. Then may last for seconds and keep happening for the next hour coming in spurts. Will happen in the middle of the night while I am asleep.
It is just in my left heel only, no other pain anywhere. I have been checked for heel spurs...none.
No burning, no numbness, just an electrical volt feeling, which I guess is a nerve.
I don't know what to do. I'm lucky it is my left foot, because if it was my right, I would probably hit another vehicle in the rear.
Thank you, Vicky
Hi Vicky, Let me state the obvious when I tell you to seek medical attention. Pain of that magnitude requires care. It sounds like you have a heel neuroma (read my section on that subject). There are treatments for this condition and they can be very effective. Marc Mitnick DPM
Is there any effective treatment for peripheral neuropathy caused by Taxol used in chemo? During the chemo treatments, I experienced pain in the bottom of my feet like walking on broken glass. I complained about it because it was so bad that it was difficult to walk. About halfway through the course of chemo, the doctor reduced the amount of Taxol in the chemo. It still left me with noticeable neuropathy in my feet. The only treatment that was suggested and tried was capcasin which wasn't effective. I've asked numerous physicians, including oncologists, and have received no answers. It's been 6 years since chemo ended, and there's been no improvement -- in fact, it seems to have gotten worse.
Hi Mary Anne, Strong drugs like Taxol and other chemotherapy drugs have been known to cause neuropathy in patients. I am surprised the problem has lingered but everyone is different. Personally, I think a neurologist would be the best specialist to see for this problem. There are drugs out there to counter the effects of neuropathy but they too have to be taken with caution. Let a neurologist examine you, he or she can then tailor a dosage for you with the least amount of side affects. Marc Mitnick DPM
I have this intense, sharp shooting pain in the inside of my right foot where the arch is. The pain is in the middle of the foot, and most time it feels like their some sharp object hitting my foot as I walk. No amount of painkillers have helped. I tried accupunture but the pain keeps coming back. The pain is so extreme at times, I am at a total loss at what to do.
Hi Jessica, Sounds like you may have a partial tear of a tendon or perhaps the plantar fascial ligament both of which you are not going to be able to fix on your own. Your best bet would be to see a podiatrist and get a more accurate diagnosis and some treatment.
Sometimes when im walking around or just standing but still moving around my feet or hands go numb and tingely. Even after increased movement the numb feeling continues almost like they are asleep. I havent done anything to hurt myself and it has been been going on for a while now.
Hi Casie, Since this occurs on your hands and feet, I would look to your spinal column as the the source of the discomfort. Make an appointment to see a doctor who specializes in back pain. Marc Mitnick DPM
It started as burning in the feet which would subside with very sore spots which the podiatrist I had at the time padded my feet in certain places and it was helpful. Af first it would come and go. It gradually got worse over a period of time. Now I have terrible pain, burning, stabbing pain and my feet and legs tingle and the loss of sensation has gradually moved upwards. It feels like when you slept on your arm and wake up in the morning, there is pain,tingling, burning, but still loss of sensation ,if that makes sense. I do have spinal problems(stenosis)and a small lesion on the thoracic spine. Which no one thinks serious enough for surgery. At first it was thought to be diabetic neuropathy, but I am not diabetic, though I do have insulin resistance. My sugar is usually normal and does get a little high occasionally, average with a blood test is 130. Now my legs hurt as well and a sore even to touch, the doc said tendonitis. But it is all related I believe. The bottoms of my feet are bright red and any walking at all causes alot of pain. Sometimes one or two toes go really numb. I also have trigeminal neuralgia, so they thought this might be MS. So far after 5 years no diagnosis and alot of frustration on my part as it gradually is becoming worse and worse. I am on trileptal for nerve pain, and the neurologist gave me wellbutrin for improvement of certain nerve function. Now the loss of feeling, tingling, has advanced to my trunk area, buttocks and so forth. Since it started with my feet, I am hopeful that you might have some answers. Even a good guess might be helpful as something I can investigate. I can feel when the doctor pricks my feet with a needle if I am looking. It feels like I am losing sensation from within outwards. Like wearing pants or socks , when you don't have any on. Thanks much for any info or direction you might give. I realize it is a complicated problem. Sincerely, Delphine P.
Hi Delphine, With the severity of the symptoms you describe I would look at the stenosis in your back as a possible cause as well as tarsal tunnel which a foot condition similar to carpal tunnel. See what your doctors think about those possibilities. Marc Mitnick DPM
I have a burning sensation in my foot after a non union and the burning is really terrible at times!! What can be done to help with the burning? I just do not know what to do with my foot to help make it better. Can you please help?? Bonnie
Hi Bonnie, I do not know how long it has been since your surgery but if it was a short time ago the burning should diminish but I would certainly make your surgeon aware of the problem. If you surgery was quite a while ago, then the nerve damage may be permanent; there is medication that can be taken to reduce the symptoms, again speak with your doctor, if he or she is at a loss, then see a neurologist. Marc Mitnick DPM
My teenage daughter often complains with having shooting pains in her toes. She is often in so much pain that it brings her to tears. She says her toes feel as if they are burning as well. There can be no symptoms for months and months, then all of a sudden, she gets the pain. she is very sporty, and used to do a lot of gymnastics.
Funnily enough, the pain often flairs up when she is not well - for example if she has a bad cold or fever.
She doesn't wear ill fitting shoes, but she does have long toes - would that make a difference?
Thanks for your advice
Hi, Shooting pains in the toes is usually suggestive of Morton's neuroma (read my section on that topic), but because she is a gymnast the source of pain could be something else. Your best bet would be to consult with a podiatrist to get a dfinitive diagnosis; it is probably readily treatable since she is young. Marc Mitnick DPM
I have numbness in the big toe and the two toes next to it on my right foot. Also, to the right of the ball of my right foot it seems like my sock is bunched up or something. It's a really weird feeling. What could be causing these symptoms?
Hi Mike, Read my section on Morton's neuroma and see if that sounds like your problem. Marc Mitnick DPM
Very severe "electric shock" pain, in between the 2nd and third toe on left foot. The pain is so violent, that when it comes, it makes my heart go fast and I start to sweat. What is the cause of this? Is there some medication I can take?
Hi Annie, Read my section on Mortons neuroma. Marc Mitnick DPM
Here's one that might be of interest...and it's certainly a puzzle for my doctor, neurologist and me. For some years now and with growing regularity, I have had brief spasms (or convulsions) of what, in symptom terms, might be described as 'foot drop'. By 'regularity' and 'brief', I mean 2 or 3 times a day (late afternoon and evening)and 10 to 15 seconds.
These brief spasms, which tend to run in waves largely down the upper left half of my left foot, are accompanied by an almost complete loss of feeling in most of the side/front of my foot. This loss of feeling is temporary and normality returns almost instantly after each event. There is no pain, though there a distinct feeling of coldness running through my foot and partially up my leg for a few seconds after. Additionally, over this last year or so, I have developed the feeling of a lump behind my middle and fourth toes..there isn't an actual lump but almost certainly a small area within my foot devoid of feeling.
Three other observations: There is no obvious loss of strength in my left leg or foot despite the fact that this event has happened many hundreds of times. Secondly, there may be some relation to sleep - If I sleep well, the onset of these events is pushed back later into the day; poor sleep appears to result in the problem happening earlier. Thirdly, I have no apparent back problems.
Most conceivable tests have been carried out and nothing is obvious - or even hinted at...... and, of course, what I'm describing might just not be footdrop but merely symptoms resembling it. Any ideas that can help?
Hi Steve, That would be a tough one to diagnose from across the Atlantic, but typically those symptoms are suggestive of a herniated disc, but you state that you have no back problems. The only other area you might look for nerve irritation causing this type of symptoms would be at the head of fibula bone where the nerves passing through are known to become irritated in some people. On a longshot, has anyone looked into Parkinson's disease as the source?