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why do the balls of my feet hurt so bad like there is a lump

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why do the balls of my feet hurt so bad like there is a lump in there after walking? Also my small toes feel numb. any ideas?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr.Sawhney replied 6 years ago.
Hi

Since how long have you been having this problem?
Since how long has the numbness present?
Do you have any other disease like diabetes?
Any unusual activity or injury prior to onset of this pain and numbness?
Any backache?

Thanks
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

1. Since my last surgery 2 years ago - was a tummy tuck and a pelvic hernia repair.

2. Not really numb'

3. No, my dad had diabetes.

4. No just the pelvic surgery and tummy tuck..

5. My back does hurt. Usually acroos my hips .

 

Thanks for any insite you can give me.

Diona

 

Expert:  Dr.Sawhney replied 6 years ago.
Dear Diona


A possibility that needs consideration is neuropathy considering the burning pain and numbness you have reported.

. Causes include

* Compression neuropathy. It is compression of nerve at any place among its course. This commonly occurs at tarsal tunnel at ankle level.
* Peripheral neuropathy. This can be due to deficiency of Vit B12 or due to certain toxins like Heavy Metals like Arsenic, alcoholism, vascular or autoimmune disorders. There are numerous other causes.
* Metabolic disorders like diabetes can also cause this like Diabetic Neuropathy but ruled out in your case as you are not a diabetic.

You can see the following link for more information on peripheral neuropathy

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/peripheralneuropathy/detail_peripheralneuropathy.htm

* Compression on the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots in the lumbosacral spine can also cause this.MRI is needed to confirm this.


You should wear comfortable footwear with good padding or with silicon insert and with a wide toe box.


An EMG examination would also help to reach a diagnosis.
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