Just wondering if anyone has had any luck with acupuncture treatments for a chronic nerve problem in foot. That's what I was left with 4 years ago following mortons neuroma surgery. I'm thinking it's a nerve entrapment of some kind. I have been to countless podiatrists, orthopedic foot specialists, etc. and have received zero help with this chronic problem that I cannot find any answers for. I have an appointment with an neurologist in a few weeks, but was just wondering if possibly acupuncture may be of some help.
Last edited by Dancinboots; 04-27-2012 at 05:26 PM.
I have had some good results with my acupuncturist in getting better nerve conduction to my hand. However, he is not your traditional acupuncturist. He uses cupping as a way to pull joints that might be slightly separated back together, thus resulting in better nerve conduction. He uses this same method on the vertebrae as well and in my experience gives better results than chiropractic sometimes dose. He uses needles in combination with this and I usually quite pleased with results.
Cupping, acupuncture, and ghu-sha (sp??) (sounds like gwa shaw) are all excellent techniques that I have been using for about a year and half for fibromyalgia and other health issues. I have trouble taking medicines and was at my wits end and willing to try anything for some relief.
After my first few visits I was able to do things I had not been able to do in many years. I look at this as a commitment to my health and go 2-3 times a month. I think it has a compounding affect as well. I am fortunate in that my acupuncturist only charges $30 a visit, is NOT stingy with using needles and has a well stocked herbal pharmacy that she usually gives chinese herbs for free or very low cost. She also sells very good vitamins that only healthcare professionals can sell.
Best of luck and hope you find a therapist that helps and is not terribly expensive.
I have been to three back drs, two foot surgeons, chiropractor and acupuncture dr to resolve the squeezing, numbing, tingling foot pain for three years. I have had two nerve conduction tests on my foot, steroid shot in foot, 4 steroid shots in my back and also 8 weeks of physical therapy. I am going for another nerve test in June but my regular dr still thinks it may be coming from the pinching at the L-5 level of the spine and not a neuroma even though I don't really have back pain but the occasional flare of the sciatica nerve. Some of the doctors think the nerve problem comes from both the foot and the back. I want it fixed just like you do. I won't give up. The only thing I can suggest is maybe have a nerve conductive test on your spine too, perhaps it is not just your foot causing the problem. I wish you luck and pain free days.
Thank you for your suggestion. Sounds like we do have a similiar problem. Miine is on the bottom of my foot underneath where they did the neuroma surgery 4 years ago. It feels like something is crawling inside of my foot or like I am walking on broken up seashells.So hard to describe to anyone. It's a terrible nerve sensitivity that never goes away. I have seen over 10 different doctors so far including a chiropractor and acupuncture doc. So far no one has been able to help. I also have had several injections in my foot. I may have even have loss of fat pad in my foot. I was asking on this board to see if anyone had success with acupuncture. I would even consider trying it again. I have an appointment next week with a neurologist, so I'll see what he says. Maybe he will have me do a nerve conduction test. (I hear that isn't very pleasant) I don't know what else to try. I do know that this problem is affecting my life in a very bad way. I don't see an end to it which is very discouraging. Did your problem start out from Neuroma surgery?
Last edited by Dancinboots; 05-15-2012 at 11:09 AM.
I was told by one doctor the foot pain may be a neuroma but I have not had surgery. Three years ago I fell on the floor and my foot went numb for a few minutes. This seemed to be the beginning of a numb toe and then three toes and the top part and ball of my foot. Whenever I am sitting for awhile like watching tv or driving and then I get up to walk, I get this horrible squeezing, numbing nerve pain in my foot like I am walking on stones and the three toes feel like stone is the best way I can describe it. I tried accupuncture but I didn't go more than twice so that didn't help. I did 8 weeks of physical therapy and the exercises strengthened by legs but the pain occured during the exercises. I have had two nerve conductive tests on my foot which showed nothing but the last one was over a year ago. These tests DIDN'T HURT at all so don't be afraid of the test. I know I have spinal stenosis which is narrowing of the spine in the lower lumbar at L-5 which can squeeze upon sitting so I really believe that is what is causing my foot pain. I went on you-tub and searched foot pain caused by spinal stenosis and I saw this one where someone drew with magic marker on a persons foot where the lower lumbar spine can cause pain in the foot and the L-5 showed exactly where my foot pain is. So in June, I will have another nerve test and I will be sure they check the area in my back and the sore spot on my butt and down my leg all the way to the foot area. I just want this to stop so I can walk without pain and enjoy my life and I am sure you feel the same way.
My foot problem started with a fall three years ago and when I hit the ground my foot went numb for a couple of minutes. It started first in the big toe and now three toes and squeezes in the top and ball of foot. I have not had surgery but one doctor told me he thinks it is a neuroma. I have had two nerve conductive tests and they DID NOT hurt so don't be afraid to have one. I am scheduled for a third one in June and they will do from the spine to the toe but another doctor thinks it is coming from the L-5 of the spine and I think I agree. I went on line on you-tube and found a video of someone's foot with magic marker drawn and it showed what numbers of the spine affect what part of the foot and it showed L-5 and the exact part of my foot that hurts. So I am gonna keep on keeping on until it is fixed. Good luck. Let me know what the neurologists says.
I used acupuncture as a way to treat nerve pain in my legs and feet from a pinched nerve in my lumbar spine. It worked really well for a long time, but unfortunately it did eventually stop working after a while so I'm back to traditional medicine and surgery. But while it was working it was great to not have to take more and more medication every day.