Foot Pain

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Please keep in mind that before treating any condition, including Foot Pain, as TMS or PPD, it is vitally important to consult with your physician in order to rule out any serious medical conditions. To learn more about TMS and PPD, and to help you figure out if you have it, visit our An Introduction to TMS page and watch the video there. Some more guidance in figuring out if this approach is right for you can be found in the video at the top of our So You Think You Might Have TMS page.

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Foot Pain and TMS Success Stories

  • From To Be or Not To Be Pain Free, Dr. Marc Sopher Pages 91-92): Carla was a worrier who's son just left for college. She had a difficult relationship with her father who recently passed away. At age 46 she had a series of issues including pain in her neck, back, leg, and feet for over two years. She had several spinal abnormalities which showed a disc herniation on the MRI. Her doctors prescribed her Neurontin to treat what they diagnosed as neuropathy. Carla's pain was so intense that she had to stop most of the activities she enjoyed like cycling and hiking. She went and saw Dr. Sopher and was symptom free after two months of learning about TMS.
  • Ailsa's story. Ailsa's foot pain was so bad that she was told that she should avoid walking on any surfaces which weren't level and she ended up in a wheelchair. She made a full recovery, eventually achieving her goal of walking to the Harris Saddle, "a three-day return journey through mountainous terrain carrying a pack, along a track that is anything but level".
  • L. Hay says, "Hearing about Sarno's theory and getting a hold of this book was one of the most important things that's ever happened to me. All through college I had escalating health problems. I went to a zillion specialists and got diagnosed with lots of contradictory things, but nothing made much of a difference. I had foot pain (diagnosed as plantar faciitis) to the point where I couldn't walk or stand for more than a minute (that was fun), "carpal tunnel syndrome," so that I couldn't type or write for more than a minute, bad chronic heart burn, knee and elbow pain (I was diagosed with arthritis), irritable bowel syndrome, and yeast infections. It just didn't make sense, but things kept getting progressively worse. Then one day my boyfriend was researching carpal tunnel syndrome on the web, and he found out about The Mindbody Syndrome. I got the book, did a lot of hard mental work, and over the course of a month all of my health problems disappeared. I can remember forcing myself to walk and willing my foot pain to go away, and slowly it did. I walked a mile, which I hadn't done in a really long time, and I knew I had the power to make everything go away. It's been been a year and a half; I still get occasional heart burn when I'm especially stressed, but that's it."
  • Krista, an active triathlete, was healed from chronic foot pain.

Foot Pain referenced in TMS Books

There are many tendons on top of the foot and around the ankle, any of which can be the target for TMS. Pain occurs more frequently on the bottom than on the top of the foot. Toward the front it is called metatarsalgia and is often attributed to a neuroma (a benign nerve tumor)...When the pain is in the arch it is called plantar fasciitis, in the heel it is often attributed to a bone spur if one is found on X ray. Because patients have a harder time accepting that foot pain is part of TMS, it tends to linger.

There is a veritable epidemic of foot pain in our society. All of a sudden, everyone has foot problems...There is no doubt in my mind that the overwhelming majority of foot pain attributed to plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, neuromas, or other physical causes is TMS.

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