Last year I had numbness on the top of my foot. It ran from my big toe up to my ankle. This laster a few weeks and then went.
This year its back. I have had it for about 2 months now. The past month I have developed drop foot. The doctor said its a trapped nerve that should even out over time.
I am 23. I spend alot of time on the computer as its my job.
I have recently started running (after i developed drop foot) to try to get the muscles working again but havn't noticed any change. I can put my foot and toes downwards but cant lift my foot or big toe upwards. My foot hits the ground flat.
Some days it is worse than others.
I am not sure what to do. The two doctors I seen are not concerned.
I can still walk ok, sometimes though I have caught my foot on the floor a few times that makes me nearly trip up.
I have not noticed back pain as such. I do have pains down my sides, usually between my hip and ribs but on my sides.
I've posted this message on the Peroneal Nerve Damage ~ Dropped Foot! 2 forum and am posting it here for you too. I have foot drop as well and had it for the past 6 months. I don't really know what is causing your problem, but if I were you, I would try to see a neurologist /neurosurgeon who specializes in peripheral nerve problems and let him /her evaluate what is going on in your particular case, especially as this seems to be a re-occurrence. The best way to get to the bottom of this is to see a peripheral nerve specialist while you're actually having symptoms, so they can identify the source, and you can be rid of it for good. As for all the running, etc., I would ask the nerve specialist about this as well...
Hope this clears up in a few days and that you're felling better soon...let me know how you're doing...
But i have to get a refferal and the doctor won't do it unless he is concerned. He already told me that.
I think you're from England, and this may be the way things work over there...sooo, what would I do in your situation?...make a lot of noise about your pain and discomfort and difficulty in getting around. After all, it is true and you have actually gotten worse in the past month...2 months ago you started having symptoms, and now you have foot drop. Also, if your doctor is insensitive to your concerns, perhaps you could find one who is more in tune with your needs and who could make the referral. Fortunately for me, all of my doctors agreed that I should be referred to a neurologist...but if they hadn't, I would have figured out some way to be evaluated because I knew that something was not right...
By the way, I'm not a doctor, but I've heard that many trapped nerves do go away by themselves over time...mine didn't. I was observed for several months and then it was determined that I should have surgery...I had the surgery for this a few weeks ago, and it was a little nothing thing...ambulatory surgery and was home on the same day, with very little discomfort...hope this info helps, and feel better...
Last edited by Tanya8; 06-18-2008 at 02:09 PM.
Reason: Added more info
The pain in my foot was not bad today so I decided to go for a run. I did find the run easier than the previous ones. Even though the foot drop is still present I wasn't limping as much.
I am not running in an effort to ease the pain, I am doing it to gain fitness. I work on a computer so running is my only source of exersice. I do about 15 - 20 minutes 4 times a week. Because I also suffer with anxiety it helps me feel better about myself.
I am going to book an appointment with the doctor again. See what he says.
Tanya, your advice has been excellent. I admire your support. Some people are not supportive and tend to say "Oh go to the doctors this is serious", even after telling them I have been numerous times. Some people don't understand.
You're very welcome...I know what you mean about people and their support, but personally I've found that many of my friends and family don't even know what I'm talking about when I describe my foot drop...I can't really blame them however, since some of my doctors also couldn't identify with my symptoms either! Really, the only one who could fully understand what I was talking about was the neurosurgeon because that's his area of expertise...it was a relief to finally find someone who could calm my fears and outline a plan of treatment...
As for your running, I think it's great to have that kind of discipline, but perhaps walking would also provide many of the same benefits for you without the added pounding involved in running...this is not forever, but just until you find someone who can tell you what's going on with your foot. I was laid up so long with a badly broken leg, that even walking short distances was a major accomplishment for me, and now I'm trying to get rid of the foot drop...hopefully, in time, full recovery will come...as for your doctors, remember, "the squeaky wheel gets the most oil." Let me know how it's going...