chronic foot pain, no one knows why

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   Posted 9/9/2018 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I know I have posted about this before, sorry to post again.

My foot pain has not gotten any better. I feel as if it is getting worse. I can't up my dose of Gabapentin, a higher dose made me unable to function. I am not sure what else to do.
I have been to several foot doctors, the last one performed surgery, a tarsal tunnel release and plantar fascia release. But why am I not better? I did a year of physical therapy, got my range of motion back, but still have pain. I went to several neurologists. Two had no idea. The next one performed some tests. They did an MRI of my brain which came back normal. She told me that I could have neuropothy but I don't seem to have any other symptoms, so she thinks its just plantar fascitis. But the thing is, I have tried everything, from wearing good shoes, inserts, resting, and even did the surgery. Why am I not better? I was even sent to a cancer doctor because my bloodwork came back normal but something was high, forgot the name of it but I was told it could indicate cancer or an autoimmune disease. The cancer doctor cleared me from cancer and said it came back high possibly from pain.
Thankfully my job is reception so I am allowed to sit. So its not being caused by my job. I am not even really active, I have back pain as well which makes it hard to work out or do anything active. Please tell me I am not alone, has anyone dealt with this or have a similar story to share?
Or if you have any ideas, feel free to share. I am desperate, I will try them.

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   Posted 9/9/2018 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, it sounds like you have tried so much..

I have had plantar fasciatis, inserts did help me some. I also have back issues..

I am over on the fibro page..normally

I am medication sensitive, so whenever i am treating pain..there is a limit to how much pain medication i can take, so i find other ways..

For example, i use topical pain relievers ..soothenol x2 is a natural but strong pain reliever..its pricey, but you only use a small amount at a time..if i rub it on my lower back after my lasts all day.
Do you take anything for inflammation? The meds are not great, but i have to take it , and also use tumeric for inflammation

It sounds silly after all you tried, but i remember reading when mine was at its worse , to scrunch a towel up and walk on it..the the uneveness would loosen the ligaments of the foot..there are also small acupressure balls you can roll under your feet..

Right now i am having flares with achilles tendonitis , i was getting some acupuncture and asked him to do needles for does help...

Oregano oil is one of the strongest pain killers on the planet , but it is stinky..georgetown university has a lot of research on it online.

Just some things i treat pain with..

Been there , so i certainly understand the pain


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   Posted 9/9/2018 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
The plantar surface of the feet (as well as the palms of the hands) have an inordinate/high number of small fiber sensory nerve endings than comparative other areas of the body. The high ratio of sensory nerve fibers provides critical feedback that allows for kinesthetic/body position sense and the neuromuscular coordination that allows for walking and automatic balance recovery reactions.

That said, the high number of sensory nerve fibers leaves the plantar surface of the foot vulnerable to the development of chronic pain conditions. Chronic pain can develop when nerves become hyper-reactive and fire constant impulses. Neuromas are another source of persistent foot pain. A neuroma = the ending of a sensory nerve fiber that becomes imbedded in the thick layer of fascia or folds back on itself to form a nodule.

LJM has given excellent suggestions for ongoing management to dampen sensory nerve hypersensitivity.

I particularly favor texturized rolling pins and balls. Rolling the sole of the foot back and forth over the texturized surface provides purposeful incoming stimuli that serves to crowd out/block competing incoming pain signals.

Walking barefoot on grass and sand is helpful. Wearing flexible Croccs clogs with a texturized sole are another option. Filling a dishpan with dried small grain rice, immersing the feet, and kneeding the rice with the feet/toes is an additional option.

Wearing a light compression knee high sock (made of spandex or Lycra) or hospital-type TED knee high helps dampens plantar surface pain analogous to swaddling a colicky infant. Constant compression works on the same theory as TNS units and the Gate Theory. Bombarding the central nervous system with purposeful incoming stimuli that overrides/blocks competing pain impulses.

Walking and walking and walking. Walking provides beneficial weight bearing and mobilization of the articulations of the foot/toes/ankle.

Easing of your foot pain will be an ongoing process over time.
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