Left Foot Morning Pain

I’ve had a developing issue with my left foot for around two years now. I’m 30 years old, reasonably active but slightly overweight (85 kg and 180 cm tall) and have an active job that requires me to drive, walk, run, climb, etc for most of the day. I wear heavy combat style boots as footwear and carry about 10 kg of kit all day.

I first noticed a dull pain in front of my left heel that gets worse towards the end of the day. It’s internal and is just in front of the heel on the side closest to the toes. Also, when I get up in the morning and put my foot on the floor, I get what feels like pins and needles/electricity pain in the outer side of my left foot about an inch away from my little toe and in my little toe. It lasts for my first two steps and then goes away. This is worse in the morning if I’ve had an active day. If I’ve been off work, it’s not that bad. It’s made better if I rub my foot before I get up. This has got gradually worse over the last two years. Coincidently, I started my job two years ago.

I’ve also got a small 5 mm patch on the outer side of my left big toe that’s very slightly numb. I can feel it but it’s ever so slightly numb compared to my other big toe. I’m not sure how long it’s been like that but I noticed about 3 months ago.

My foots not swollen at all, not cold and looks identical to my other foot. I’ve got no known other medical conditions. I can’t recall having any injuries but am on my feet a lot. My job before my current one was sat at a desk all day.

Any advice before I decide whether or not I need to go and see the doctor would be appreciated.

Many thanks

C Warner

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    I would definitely see a doctor who can appropriately do an assessment and guide treatment. Sounds like due to the increased activity and stress to your feet you are starting to get a lot of nerve entrapments (think nerve stickiness).

    Stickiness to nerves and muscle adhesions can easily be addressed – they just need to be addressed the right way. If you are not releasing your feet every day I would start with this.

    You can simply stand on a golf ball or RAD Roller for at least 5 minutes twice a day. (http://www.radroller.com) I’d also start stretching your calves and hips every day. You can find videos on how to stretch HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzafrXwQlqY&index=5&list=PLRY9Mhh0GrJcvB

    If your pain/numbness persists in the same intensity after 2 weeks of releasing/stretching every single day then I’d see a Podiatrist.

    I hope this helps.

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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