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The ball of my right foot feels as if I'm walking on a

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the ball of my right foot feels as if I'm walking on a marble(it is caloused)
Mysticdoc :

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Mysticdoc :

Hello

Mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

Mysticdoc :

Do you have any pain under your heels?

Customer:

I did self diagnose plantars faciatis?(spelling ) on my left foot .I've controlled that for the last few years. (FYI, I do play basketball twice a week.)

Mysticdoc :

ok

Mysticdoc :

so you do have pain correct?

Mysticdoc :

Now if you feel less sensation, this can be due to the nerve damage in the heels.

Mysticdoc :

Please get checked for diabetes, vitamin B12 deficiency.

Mysticdoc :

Also compression of the nerve at the ball of feet can cause this feeling.

Mysticdoc :

Exercise — Exercise may be helpful.
Please follow these exercises shown in the link below:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/medical/IM02897

Protective footwear — Athletic shoes, arch supporting shoes (particularly those with an extra-long counter, which is the firm part of the shoe that surrounds the heel), or shoes with rigid shanks (usually a metal insert in the sole of the shoe) may be helpful. Cushion-soled shoes with gel pad inserts or heel cups may provide temporary pain relief. Silicone inserts have been found to provide better support than felt pads or rubber heel cups.
Dr Scholl's is a good brand.

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Customer:

no pain at all in my heels

Mysticdoc :

that is good.

Mysticdoc :

Likely you have nerve problem as I described above.

Mysticdoc :

The exercises will also help with your current symptoms.

Mysticdoc :

And see a neurologist as well.

Customer:

Interesting ...I did have surgery on that heel a few years ago. Never thought of the nerve damage.

Mysticdoc :

This is possible given the history of surgery.

Customer:

Ok thanks

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