Unusual Sensation on Bottom of Foot

Dear Dr.

About a year ago I started having unusual sensation on the bottom of my feet. Initially it felt as if I had a large callus on the ball, and toes. When walking the sensation was like my socks were wadded up under my little toe and the toe next to it. The sensation has now progressed over most of the bottom of both feet, and it is starting to become painful, as if I were walking on rocks. I’m 57 years old, slightly over weight (6′, 185lbs), but get a fair bit of exercise. My blood pressure is a bit high, and blood sugar normal.

I’m living overseas so finding a podiatrist is a bit difficult. I did see one local Dr. who thought the condition might be nerve related (I do have some back issues). He gave me some “nerve” medicine, but no help so far (2 months).

Do you have any thoughts or suggestions?

Thank you

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Without examining you it is difficult for me to say exactly what may be causing your foot pain.

    Based off of your symptoms and above description, it sounds more like neuroma pain. If you are unable to see a Podiatrist, I recommend trying what is called a “metatarsal pad” on your foot to see if this alleviates the pain or sensation.

    Neuroma pain can be alleviated with injections, so if you are able to find a Podiatrist this would be suggested. Otherwise you can also try to release the bottom of your foot by massage or rolling on golf balls. If it is a neuroma-type pain the nerve medicine will not provide adequate relief. I hope this helps!

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