Outside Foot Pain
Heel & Arch Pain
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Podiatrist – Berkley
27901 Woodward Ave, Suite 110
Berkley, MI 48072
Husband and a friend of mine both diagnosed with Morton’s Neuroma. Husband had cortisone injections. No relief. Would the alcohol injections help and do you do them?
I had a terrible injury around 1994 where my leg was asleep while I was sleeping and when I awoke I got up to go to bed and when I lifted my left leg to walk I came down on it with my foot at the toes bent backwards and I fell with all my weight on that foot wrenched backwards and the ankle. My foot actually was hyper extended backwards. I went to the ER to make sure I didn’t break anything. No breaks. They said I had a mild sprained ankle and would be up on it in 3 days. NOT! I saw my family doctor and then followed up with a massage therapist because my foot was completely turned and I couldn’t use it. The massage therapist did deep tissue massage and at least I was able to walk but with a lot of pain. Long story short saw two different podiatrists one misdiagnosed me with a nerve problem. Second said I had plantar faciaitits. After 9 YEARS of hardly being able to walk after everything they told me to do, I saw a Shiatsu foot massager at Brookstone store. I knew this was my ticket. I used it and continued to use it and it worked all the tissues up deep in the foot. I walked pain free in about a week. I continued to use it at the slightest ting of pain. The machine burned out after a couple of years and I got another one. Then that one burned out and they no longer made them. UGH! But I pretty much was pain free but purchased a different type of shiatsu foot massager that I didn’t like as well but used it off and on. Finally I had no pain for probably the last4 years and rarely used the machine. Then this week I went for a short walk in the neighborhood and I felt an ache. Then 2 days later I wake up and can barely walk because of my arch pain. I keep seeing that “Plantar Faciaitis causes heel pain” I have no heel pain. I’ve been using ice and the massager for about 2 days now. My chiropractor did some Active Release on it and told me to use Orthodics that I ordered a while back but hadn’t tried them because, well I didn’t. The Orthodics was ordered for back issues. So I’ve been breaking in the Orthodics, Stretching, doing ice in a bottle and rolling on it and using the massager. I am very dishearted in that the pain isn’t getting better because usually it would with the massager in a day. What should I do? See a foot doctor? or give it some time. I am scared I will go through again not being able to walk. I live in Columbus,OH and know no good foot doctor here. Do you? I watched your Youtube Video. Thanks Please Email me. Thank you.
There are many good foot doctors in Columbus – try to get in through maybe Ohio State or Grant Medical Center, those are two top institutions with great doctors.
That shiatsu foot massager is very interesting! I would be interested to see what type it is.
Here is the thing about the arch pain- it sounds like you do have plantar fasciitis if it did get better. The rule is that it can take just as long to get better treating it compared to the time you had it. So if you had this pain for 10 years- it won’t get better in a week or probably even a month. You will need some good stretching and a biomechanical exam (tight hips and knees even maybe as a result)
Try rolling your foot against a tennis ball while watching TV & try to take a 2 week course of anti-inflammatory medication (after checking with your podiatrist) to get the inflammation calmed down! You will get better, just stay on course- but see a good doctor to rule out other stuff (like maybe a stress fracture or something this time!)
Good Luck Lori!
I want to thank you for your website. It has educated me about what I believe is going on in the ball and toes of my left foot. You have provided more information and options than the two very short visits to the podiatrist I was referred to .
I am having burning pain with swelling between my 3rd and 4th toes. I reviewed your information and believe I have Morton’s Neuroma. I went to a podiatrist last summer when this became an issue and got my 1st cortisone injection. I got relief for about 3 months. I went back in Feb and got 2nd injection; relief was very short about 3weeks. My podiatrist only suggested shoes and gel toe covers. I got Dr. Comfort orthotic shoes with wide width and roomy toe box. My pain has been getting steadily worse. In researching; I tried taping toes, along with pain patches. The only time it is not painful is when it’s elevated. My question to you; should I seek another podiatrist (I am not happy with the lack of information, options or concern I have received from this doctor to date), or schedule with an orthopedic foot surgeon. Also, would a foot surgeon be the one to determine whether deadening injection or surgery is called for?
Hi Mary, I shouldn’t really be the one to give you advice on doctor personality haha! But go see who makes you comfortable.
If it has been resistant to conservative therapy for months and months – the two options are the injections and the surgery, but both are in the 90%+ success rate (keeping the neuroma from coming back), one just takes 5-10 injections or so every week apart, while the surgery is a little bit more certain (in the studies lately)- but not by much.
-both of course have their own risks, but your doctor should present those options to you and discuss that with you (which they will do)
Namaste. I am Prakash Ghimire from Kathmandu. I have the problem of foot-pain and its more than a year now. I checked in the local hospital and Doctors says that its planter fascitis. I do have stretched and injected twice a year back, no effect and doing ultrasound with gel for last one month. I do have no improvement. Please suggest me the right way and techniques to heal it up. How can you help me? I shall be very much grateful to you.
Hi Prakash, As far as treatment, follow the 4 stage guide I have laid out. Beyond that you should go see a doctor for extended evaluation. It starts to get much tougher without seeing you.
Sorry I couldn’t be more help!
I am a Licensed and Certified Medical Nail Technician who provides extender services for podiatrists serving as an Assistant. I specialize in Medical Pedicures and would like to know if Podiatrist know people like me exist and if they are interested in my services. Also, is a Podiatrist office required to be licensed by the state of Michigan in order to perform cosmetic services like Medical Pedicures?
Well, I don’t really know of any podiatrists that do pedicures. I know cosmetic stuff like that is not really covered by any insurance unless you consider an ingrown nail or something which is also causing pain.
-Many have a Nail Tech to help debride diabetic nails and help them provide a diabetic foot exam, but not so much a pedicure.
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