Reduced reflexes in left foot
Not sure if this is the right forum.
I started experiencing numbness and lack of strenght in my left foot about 3 years ago. It is now at a point that I use a cane to walk. When I have my reflexes tested, they have a very difficult time to get any reaction. I learned the hard way not the test the bath water with my left foot as I scalded myself - it felt actually cool to the touch, but when I got into the tub, my right foot quickly realized the water was too hot. I actually use my leg muscles to walk, as the left foot will drag if I don't. I even had a large red circular rash on my left ankle as a kid - never followed up by my parents. I have a similar smaller circular rash on the top of my foot. Each doctor has looked at it, but no one can indicate what it is. One said it was a bruise, however, I've never known a bruise to last 2 years. It does not look like a lyme rash however - just a circular rash - no itch or pain - just there. My partner also says that my feet are freezing - however they don't feel cold to me. I've always hated wearing shoes - I like walking barefoot - however when I'm wearing shoes or slippers, they are still cold. I also walk in-toed since I was a kid - predominately my left foot toes in more then the right. The Neuro is suggesting that my foot problem is congenital. Also, when the docs are testing my reflexes - its always on a flat surface - when I walk down stairs, my foot is very stiff and I have a difficult time going down. Going up is no problem - just going down.
I had a car accident about 15 years ago with low back injury as a result on my left hip. I keep asking if this injury is related to the foot problems. Everyone keeps saying no however.
I had numerous tests - mostly from a cognititave perspective. Dizzy spells, word finding difficulty etc - no diagnosis yet. Right now I want to concentrate on the foot problem - any ideas of what direction I should take on this to resolve the problem. At 45 I do not want to go thru life unable to fully do what I enjoy.
Any input would be appreciated. If this is the wrong forum - please advise which forum would be best.
Last edited by newbrunswick; 03-30-2008 at 09:14 AM.