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Discouragingly Persistent Foot Pain - Insights, Anyone?

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by Northwood, Jun 6, 2023.

  1. Northwood

    Northwood Well known member

    Hey, All,

    I've been away from the forum for a while and just posted a success story in that section. Nice to have been able to successfully apply the wisdom of mindbody theory to recovering from years of back pain. My thanks again to everyone who helped me.

    Meanwhile, I'm struggling with my right foot. Symptoms started about ten years ago. They've been rather persistent: a burning and cramping in the area around the big & second toe and ball of the foot. Over the yars, I had treated the symptoms as a structural problem: two surgeries, injections, orthotics, inserts, special shoes, acupuncture, massage, etc. None of that has worked. The symptoms make walking, biking, and hiking--things I love to do--really uncomfortable. I find myself getting depressed and caught up in fear and worry.

    Over the years, the symptoms have flared and receded seemingly on their own. I haven't really been able to find a psychological cause. Interestingly, I went on a two-week desert hike with my son last year and did not have significant symptoms. A few months after I returned from that trip, after massaging my foot with a massage ball, the symptoms returned, and I've been dealing with them ever since (about eight months). I want to treat this as TMS. I hope it IS a mindbody problem and not some form of intractable structural pain because a nerve is damaged (that's my fear).

    I'm looking for advice from anyone on how best to proceed, especially if you've dealt with burning/unpleasant nerve tingling and been able to work through it. As mentioned, I've had success recovering from back symptoms; regarding my foot, in some ways I'm back to TMS 101. Well, nothing like reengaging Beginner's Mind. Wide open to hear anyone's two cents on this. Thanks!
  2. Cactusflower

    Cactusflower Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi @Northwood
    How did you heal your back pain? If the Dr’s can’t find anything wrong with your foot now, then it’s probably tms. Which means it’s equivalent to your back pain.. I’d treat it the same and add that tms work may need to be a constant in your life. If small stresses build up, and/or personality traits, thought habits tend to create internal stress, then ongoing tms practices or awarenesses can help. That doesn’t mean daily, it just means using them when you need them, remember to use them. The free Structural Education Program is a great too for both learning and refreshing.

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