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Feet burning with leg

By September 20, 2009 - 3:45pm
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I had a foot massage from my massage therapist two to 3 days later i started noticing my feet were burning. Then it felt like it was going up to my calf muscle now its in my leg. Sometimes it feels as something is tearing inside when i first get up, then goes up towards my toes. Now i went to my family doc. who took a second told me to stop smoking that was it end of conversation. Went to my chiropratic doc. who thinks i have planters fasiitis told me what to do. Still hurts burns i was wondering does anyone have a suggestion since my family doc. won;t listen, im not diabetic im not overweight.Thanks

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Hi again

It sounds like she is practicing Reflexology - and this practice does have merit but you're right, a healthy foot does not ensure the rest of the body will always be healthy. Since you are literally treading more carefully now, just make sure this massage therapist really knows what's she's talking about, so you can avoid future injury.

I wish you the best!

September 21, 2009 - 1:24pm
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HI susanc no never mentioned a word to her about my feet if i remember correctly i think she said that everything starts in the feet if your feet are good the rest of the body will follow. From this point i don't believe that in a minute.

September 21, 2009 - 1:01pm
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Hi Mylink

I agree with Alison that a foot specialist would be a good idea.

I don't think it's a good idea to allow your massage therapist to work on your feet until you have sorted out the problem.

I also suffer from back pain and I am wondering why she suddenly started working on your feet when the only body parts she had worked on before were your back, neck and arm? How would she even know that your feet had "knots" in them in the first place?

Did you mention to her that your feet hurt? Is this why she began the foot massage?

I'm so sorry that your feet hurt so much now, it's sounds painful to even read!

September 21, 2009 - 12:00pm

I am sorry you had such a horrible response from your family doctor; that is really disappointing.

There are risks associated with massage therapy, and the Mayo Clinic provides some great information: Massage.

How long have you been going to this massage therapist (you mentioned "my" therapist, so I assume it was not the first time). What type of massage did you have done, and what is the level of training and experience that your therapist has?

Why did you have a foot massage in the first place? Was this a full body massage, or did you go in specifically for a "foot massage"? If so, what were your symptoms prior to the massage?

Did you have any pain or discomfort during the massage itself?

According to the Mayo Clinic, very rare risks of massage can include nerve damage, and can worsen conditions such as a fracture or arthritis.

I can imagine that since your family doctor and a chiropractor were of no help, you would be hesitant to seek the advise of another health care professional, but I can also understand how these two professionals would not be the right person to talk to. If you are having severe foot pain, with the descriptions you use as "tearing", "burning" and now it has traveled up your leg and down to your toes, it sounds like you need to see a foot specialist who specializes in the bones, tendons, ligaments and nerves specifically in the foot and surrounding area.

How to find a Podiatrist from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA): http://iweb.apma.org/BuyersGuide/ProfessionalSearch.aspx

Let me know if this information helps, and I am interested in hearing what foot symptoms you were having prior to the massage (what led to a foot massage), and what type of massage you had.

September 20, 2009 - 6:30pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

HI i see a massage therapist for relief of pain from 2 bulging discs in my neck and a tear in my rotar cuff. She used to be a family doctor in her country but when she came to Canada she could not practise without a Canadian liscense so she went back to college to learn massage. She has been doing this for some time. As for my feet i had no problem until she did it and believe me it hurt i told her but she insisted i had knots in my feet when i was done with my massage she only does my back neck and arm .... when i got up i said i cannot believe that my feet are this sore, any training with feet massage i didn't ask because of her training. I see her tomarrow believe me i am going to ask her about her training in the feet area, thanks for the info.

September 21, 2009 - 11:06am
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