Re: Numbness & tight feeling in feet & toes?
I normally post on the back board, but happened to see your post.
My first signs of lumbar problems occurred around 2000 with tingling and a bit of numbness in toes, and a feeling I describe as having a tight elastic along the bottom of foot -- a tight feeling. Because it was in both feet, and because I went to my mom's podiatrist when I was visiting her, I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. I never had any tests...but repeated to my PCP that I had been diagnosed with PN.
In 2004 I started developing sciatic pain. It was after my first surgery in 2008 that a doctor asked me about my neuropathy...and how it was diagnosed. He ordered an EMG and we discovered I had never had neuropathy, but the numbness and pain were the first signs of early nerve compression at the L5 level.
I think the only way you will have a diagnosis is to have further testing. Many of these symptoms can come from a variety of causes.
Good luck to you in finding some answers.