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Pins and needles in foot

By Anonymous September 20, 2010 - 2:23pm
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I have a question.... I started having a problem with my left foot about a month ago... It started with a tearing feeling in my heal when I would stretch my leg out. I went to a foot doctor who thought it was Plantar fascitis and had me change my insoles to help my arch support... well the next day I started having pins and needle feeling in my foot from my heal to my toes and sometimes goes on top of my foot and also sometimes travels to my other foot which happen when I am sitting (not when I am walking). I called my doctor to tell him of this new thing and told him it feels like my carpal tunnel in my wrist feels like when it acts up. He said it sounds like I might have Tarsal tunnel and gave me some antinflamitory pills to take twice a day (which I took one and had a reaction to it) so he then gave me an aircast to wear to try and get the inflamation to go down... its been about 4 weeks now and the pins and needles are still present. I just went back again and I need to wear the aircast w/ the insoles for another 2 weeks and Ice my foot as much as possible... There has not been a day which I have not had the pins and needles... my question is could this be something else?? Does it normally take this long to see an improvement?? He did do that taping on my ankle which I did not feel anything different... if i do rub on the back of my I can feel a popping kind of feeling in my heal which then I can feel faning out to the bottom of my foot. its not as much "Pain" and the pins and needles". Do you have any suggestions??

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Anon - The symptoms you've described sound like a condition involving the nervous system, but only your doctor can make a diagnosis.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs from abnormal pressure on a nerve in the foot and is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist. The condition is somewhat uncommon and can be difficult to diagnose.

Additional nerve conditions that can affect the feet include a pinched nerve, central nervous system disorder, toxins, a nerve injury, and inflammation of a nerve.

Pins and needles, or tinglng sensations, are sometimes caused by connective tissue disorders such as arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc.

These sensations can also be caused by metabolic disturbances such as those caused by diabetes, hypothyroidism and even malnutrition.

Have you had any tests done, such as blood work, to determine if your general health is normal or any tests to determine if you could have an underlying health condition that may be causing these sensations?

You need to see your doctor again and look at your entire medical picture to determine if the first diagnosis was correct and/or if you have another health concern. Please let us know what you learn and how you progress. We wish you the best.

September 20, 2010 - 6:01pm
(reply to Pat Elliott)

Hi Anon,
I know your post is 6 years old but I am wondering what you eventually found out and how you are feeling today? I have the exact same symptoms you described which your post is the first information I found online that fits to a T.
Thank you, LB

August 12, 2016 - 1:29pm
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