I have seen 3 Podiatrists over the last 7 years and none have provided me with a solution that relieves my pain. My left foot started out with just pain on the top of my foot. Then I started experiencing sharp pains in my arch. Then I started experiencing sharp pain in my toes. Here are the things 3 doctors have said to me: do physical therapy…I did and it made things worse. No relief in pain. Try ice…I did, no relief in pain. I have been given 2 different anti inflammatory medications and neither have worked. I even bought an anti inflammatory cream and got no results. I have tried various orthotics and sports tape…no relief. In fact, with the orthotics and sports tape I experienced pain and numbness in my foot when I walk.
My foot hurts whether I have shoes on or off, orthotics or no orthotics, sports tape or no sports tape, medication or no medication. I have spent $1000s of dollars these last 7 years on shoes, tape, orthotics, cushioning, therapy, doctor visits and a nerve study. Not one thing has helped. These 3 doctors can’t even agree on what the problem is. The x-rays show a bone spur on the top and bottom of my foot. I had a nerve study done and found that the results show that NO nerves are being affected. My mobility has been severely reduced. I can’t walk without limping and now I experience pain occasionally in the bottom of my right foot. I used to run 6 miles a day and was in very good shape.
Now I am 70 pounds overweight, have no job and no health insurance. I had to quit my job 3 months ago because the pain was so bad that my blood pressure was high. I have not been able to find a job that doesn’t require a lot of time on your feet because it is obvious that I can’t be on my foot at all. So what do I do? What am I missing?