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What are alternative treatments for chronic foot pain and tingling?

Carlos Chapa (Mesquite, TX) on Jan 7, 2013
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Yes! Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine can help with chronic foot pain and tingling. The real question is WHY are you having these symptoms? We do NOT simply focus on the pain and tingling. Your practitioner will want to treat the root cause. This can be a vitamin deficiency, a weak organ or nerve damage. Eastern Medicine has treated billions of patients for thousands of years. Pharmacological drugs and steroids are not the only option. Side effects, dependency and not treating the ROOT cause and only the symptoms is not the way to cure these problems. Don't be surprised if your Doctor brings up your diet and will probably recommend some diet changes. Make sure you go to a Licensed Acupuncturist (not certified) that has graduated from at least a Masters Degree program. Every state is different and some require little to no exams or training.
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Oct 14, 2012
one thing you can try is a regular foot massage starting from the foot and going up the leg(if you go from your leg down to the foot) you are going against the blood flow therefore can give yourself bruises. you can also try reflexology. either one of these may help
Douglas Chu (Brooklyn, NY) on Oct 14, 2012
A foot detox would be a good starting point, followed by a gentle massage to ease the pain and nervous system. Perhaps incorporating essential oils into the massage to further induce relaxation.
Mario Messina-Azekri (Portland, OR) on Oct 14, 2012
You can used a combination of Epson salts bath and massage as well as Bowenwork to help with the pain on your feet.
Lucy Shafner (Reno, NV) on Oct 14, 2012
Depending on the underlying cause of the pain and tingling, unless you have a neurological condition which would prevent manual therapies from being effective, certain types of massage therapy have been shown to be very effective in treating foot pain. Look for a therapist trained in Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Kinesio Taping, or Medical (Clinical) massage. They will offer you the best treatment options and will be able to conduct a thorough assessment to help determine the best care plan for you. Good luck!
Mechelle Davis (Atlanta, GA) on Oct 14, 2012
There are several alternative remedies for minor foot pain, however what you have described sounds like major foot pain. The first suggestion I have for you is to talk to your doctor regarding the medication you are taking. This sounds like an adverse effect is happening to you from the gabapenatin. Reflexology may be helpful but it is hard to suggest it without being able to ask you few more question.
Ta-Li Chang (La Habra, CA) on Oct 14, 2012
If there is nothing wrong with the spine. Then can try acupuncture with Body work. Acupuncture to harmonize the body and to numb the tingling sensation. Bodywork to relax the muscles and to increase circulations.
Howard Rontal (Potomac, MD) on Oct 14, 2012
The symptoms of foot problems you list -- pain and tingling -- could be the result of a combination of constricted fascial tissue and constricted nerve fibers. The fascial constrictions can prevent nerves from gliding as they should in their pathways. Nerves themselves can get short and inelastic. Both problems can cause the symptoms you mention. You may find that myofascial release and nerve mobilization techniques can provide some if not all of the relief you need. Happy to help you further.
Fabian Soto (Hollywood, FL) on Oct 15, 2012
simple get a wooden roll or a tennis ball and on the chair step on it as long is nessesary 2 hours or more in short periods or more then continuin to the legs.get as few massages in the legs and you ll be pain and tingling free .
Canney Yang (New Hyde Park, NY) on Oct 14, 2012
May I know if you are a diabetic patient? I suggest to try Reflexology twice a week might help!
Kathleen Rosenblatt (Los Angeles, CA) on Oct 14, 2012
The foot is often easy to treat with acupuncture and with PEMF Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stim. Usually there is immediate relief. I add massage of the foot and leg, and more if necessary. Sometimes infra-red heat also helps remove inflammation.
Barbara Chudiak (Plainville, CT) on Oct 15, 2012
Reflexology has been found to be effective. By using specific pressure techniques "blockages" that affect foot pain can be released. Circulatory problems is the main cause and by stimulating the reflex points in the feet reflexology can reduce pain. The supply of blood does not easily reach the nerves in the feet causing unpleasant tingling and pain. Reflexology releases these blockages and returns circulation to the feet. Not only does foot reflexology help peripheral neuropathy by improving blood circulation, and by relaxing the muscles of the feet that often times have trapped the nerves in the feet but also provides pain relief as well.
Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Oct 15, 2012
Tingling can be related to neuropathy, nerve damage caused by a trauma or even autoinmune diseases, we will need to diagnose your case in order to provide a most accurate answer. In most cases Acupuncture does help the tingly sensation.Please give us a call to discuss your case. Thanks you Dr Maria Baraybar Lee
Ofer Orr (Jamaica - Estate, NY) on Oct 15, 2012
Did the Dr. diagnosed the condition of your feet? If it is plantar Fascistic, which is very common reason for foot pain, massage can be very helpful. Cranial Release Technique - CRT, can be tried as an alternative to improve balancing your right and left side of the body. Also Reflexology can help. make sure you wear very comfortable shoes as well.
Paul Simmons (Lotus, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
Have you checked for diabetes? That's what I would check first. If not, then get a physiological diagnosis (not just a drug prescription) and share it with a naturopath/massage therapist
Vernon Burgess (Colorado Springs, CO) on Oct 15, 2012
Reflexology for your foot is the best option I suggest for you to take. In reflexology, I will determine problem and work into the muscle, tendons and joints to relieve the issues. It takes about 40 minutes to do a lot of detail. I will also relieve the calve. For that is the muscle that operates the foot.
Kate Reust (Seattle, WA) on Oct 14, 2012
Evening, Is the foot pain and tingling due to diabetes? Working Conditions? Injury? Best course is to work with a therapist who you trust and feel comfortable with as there may be other conditions at work in the body that mean you should be referred to your Health care practitioner for review / evaluation etc. We'd love to work with you if you're in the Seattle area. Kate Reust Omsho Crysalis . com
Dale Tope (Pflugerville, TX) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture can help. I usually employ electroacupuncture in the treatment of neuropathy, and provide Chinese herbal pain patches the patient can apply overnight, to relieve the pain, and re-establish proper blood flow and neural function in the feet. I've successfully resolved this condition in both diabetic patients and those whose neuropathy was a side effect of chemotherapy.
Joseph McCoy (Muenster, TX) on Oct 15, 2012
Could be sciatica or piriformis syndrome, although I wouold also mobilizew metatarsals, Calcaneus, and Talus for foot pain. I would work the deep 6 rotators of the hip ans well as make sure there is no sacro-iliac dysfunction.
Jessica Arnold (Los Angeles, CA) on Oct 14, 2012
Massage of the glutes, legs, and feet would be essential into aiding the numbness and tingling in feet. Often the sciatic nerve is impinged by the piriformis or maybe the hip is it of balance causing the slightest change I make the space for the nerve small enough to be pinched.
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture, chiropractic and massage would all benefit you. Make an appointment.
Adi Barad (Winnetka, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture and nutritional supplements can alleviate some chronic foot pain on a case to case basis. I would be more than happy to offer you a free phone consultation. You can reach me at 847-922-4039 Thank you, Adi Barad, LAc.
Nathan Conlee (Tucson, AZ) on Oct 14, 2012
Depending on the cause of the foot pain, LLLT/ Low Level Laser Therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, sometimes gentle chiropractic adjustments of the spine, pelvis and feet are a few alternative treatments for foot pain. I have also used ultasound and kinesiotaping with great success. Analgesic rubs like Tiger balm, white flower, biofreeze, etc can afford some relief.
Angel Orozco (Miami, FL) on Oct 14, 2012
It is very likely you have a nerve compression on your lumbar spine which causes the tingling sensation and the pain in your foot. You should go to a therapist that combines manual therapy ( a form of medical massage therapy) and ETPS ( Electro Therapy Point Stimulation) also refer as MPS (Microcurrent Point Stimulation ) which it is very successful treating similar conditions like yours. This type of therapy combines acupuncture points, trigger points and myofascial release in order to provide long lasting pain relief.
Wendy Faber (Westlake, OH) on Oct 14, 2012
Pain and tingling can be caused by shortened or overly tight muscles pinching a nerve somewhere. If you've never thought of massage for this issue, it definitely couldn't hurt. Tension in the muscles can cause imbalances in any part of the body. Your foot pain and tingling could be fascia (web-like fibers that wrap around the muscles) either in the foot or the legs, it could be that your calves or hamstrings are just really tight, or your gluts or QL muscles could also be a factor causing the issue. Everything in your body is connected. These are all possibilities that can be assessed by your massage therapist while working on the body, along with just talking with you beforehand about what kind of movements you do throughout your day, what your habits, job etc. are.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Massage, Cranisacral Therapy, Cold Lasers, Yoga, Foot Bath, Energy Balancing, Diet
Jason Markowitz (Tempe, AZ) on Oct 14, 2012
chronic foot pain can mostly be caused by lack of stretching the calf muscles (gastrocnemius). stretching the muscle will allow the extensor muscles in the foot to get the circulation to flow easier and inflammation to cut down. your diet also has something to do with it. if you are having any spasm's or soreness in that area, you may need to intake more potassium, magnesium, and natural sodium. there is a great cream you can find at health stores called TOPROCIN. it really helps with foot pain. any questions please contact me. jason markowitz: 973-580-7556. thank you
Tony Ruggiero (Greenville, SC) on Oct 14, 2012
Have the doctors told you of any nerve involvement in your leg or hip? The fact that neurologists have given you a typical treatment for neuropathy I am assuming that is what they suspect. I would suggest some stretching by a therapist knowledgeable in MET or Muscle Energy Technique. My feeling is that an impinged nerve is involved and there may be some form of muscle entrapment. I would recommend targeted massage from the lumbar region of the spine down to and including to the plantar surface of the affected foot.
Rob Hundley (Broomfield, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
In my experience I have found that foot pain can be caused by tight muscles as far removed from the foot as the low back. Massage can be a effective treatment. Additionally infrared light treatments can also help if the issue is nerve related in the foot.
Sherry Glover (Austin, TX) on Oct 14, 2012
Depending on the condition causing your tingling and pain in your feet, I would either use manual lymph drainage for neuropathy or nerve sedating massage techniques for postherpetic neuralgia from shingles. If the pain is from neuralgia a short term series should be enough, but if your pain is from neuropathy most likely you will need ongoing treatments to help manage the neuropathy. I have worked with doctors in providing the best care and also with insurance billing to assist in covering the costs when possible. Feel free to call me to discuss your needs. Sherry Glover 512-784-4285
Jason Bussell (Wilmette, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture helps with all types of neurological disorders. And it does so without side effects.
Cheri Baum (New York, NY) on Oct 14, 2012
I would need more info to give an answer. Like what your DX is and is it from nerve damage and how severe is the damage... also you need to mention if the gabapenatin is effective, without that info it is hard to give advice. Having said that, a good soaking in a tub w/ epsom salts before bed is very effective to help get a good night's sleep.
Deborah Hill (Oakland, CA) on Oct 14, 2012
Reflexology can be an alternative. The session is administered to the feet or hands, however what is being affected are the nerves that innervate the feet hands, and correspond to the glands and organs of the body.
Leah Nelson (Salt Lake City, UT) on Oct 15, 2012
There are a number of treatments you could try. First off, I would try to find an osteopath in your area or a great massage therapist who specializes in relieving pain; trigger point therapy, rolfing, and myofascial release are all great techniques dealing with pain and postural imbalances. It's also important to take into account the whole leg, including the hip, for possible nerve impingements. Getting in some exercise to bring more blood flow to your foot may also help. And another thing you can try is self massage- your foot and your calf would be the first place to start. In general, if you're pressing on an area, and it's causing the beginning signs of numbness, stop pressing there and just move your fingers to another area. But again, I would highly recommend finding an expert therapist (osteopath, massage therapist, or rolfer) in your area. Hope this helped, Leah
Daniel Haun (Oceanside, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
Acupuncture can be very helpful in managing the pain and tingling that you are experiencing as it has been shown to increase blood flow, and decrease pain. You should however, be prepared to undergo a course of 5 treatments or more to see if it’s going to help you.
Tanya Williams (Beverly Hills, CA) on Apr 8, 2013
Plantar facialitis and other foot related illnesses are on the rise. With repeat foot therapies you will be on your way back to complete foot health. Try these methods to restore balance and renew your feet. After a long days work try soaking in warm water and Apple cidar vinegar. They slough dead skin and calm tired feet. Foot scrubs and reflexology are a sure way to relieve tired feet. There are no side affects. Use tennis balls to open the muscles of your feet. Stand on the right foot for 3 min., then the left one. This opens your plantar muscles helping them to relax and lengthen.
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Oct 27, 2012
Getting soft tissue work around the low back and hip region help with pain. Releasing the tension can alleviate the pain and increase blood flow can help balance be restored. Thank you.
Robert Schwartzwalder (Columbus, OH) on Mar 21, 2013
Proper shoe inserts. Have your spine checked for possible disc problems. Mild massages to feet can help with a roller foot massager.
Kimberly Schadewald (Lake Como, NJ) on Jan 7, 2013
You can look into Acupuncture, Shiatzu, Neuromuscular Therapy, or Myofascial release just to name a few possibilities.
Catherine Schneider (Toledo, OH) on Jan 7, 2013
If the source of the foot pain is any misalignment of soft tissue or joints, CranioSacral therapy can be VERY effective! Getting correct alignment of connective tissue often corrects the restrictions than can result in these issues.
Theodore Schiff (Northampton, MA) on Jan 6, 2013
I would highly recommend Reflexology and Integrative Acupressure for the treatment of chronic foot pain. Reflexology deals with working locally on the foot reflexive points, whereas Integative Acupressure deals with working on the specific areas of the body that the reflexive or painful points on the feet point us too on the body. Ted Schiff-Valley Massage Therapy (413)687-7878,
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Jan 6, 2013
what other diagonoses have you received? Are you diabetic? Have you had injuries? Spinal / pelvic stabilizers for your feet will almost always help in alleviating a lot of foot pain
Brian Skow (Scottsdale, AZ) on Jan 6, 2013
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Keisha Jones (Chicago, IL) on Dec 19, 2012
Reflexology is an awesome way to treat chronic foot pain. Massage is also quite effective in maintaining and relief from chronic foot pain. Self-care, you can soak your feet in warm water along with an Epsom/Sea Salt combination, you can roll your feet along a tennis or golf ball, to help provide onset relief and long-term treatments. Hope this helps...namaste.
Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Dec 11, 2012
Have you tried massage for this? I am not sure of the source of your pain -- it could be an impinged nerve in your low back or hip, so massage in those areas may bring relief. If the problem is with circulation or with the nerves endings in the foot, direct massage of the foot may help.
Tonya Ben Mansour (Mobile, AL) on Nov 23, 2012
I would suggest neuromuscular and trigger point massage combined with chiropractic care. Throughout my experience, I have found that receiving massage therapy immediately before chiropractic care to optimize the benefits of both .
Kristin Uchida (Thornton, CO) on Nov 23, 2012
If the doctor has diagnosed the issue and things are still not helping there are options. Massage with trigger point therapy can be helpful in releasing muscles that are tight which in turn cause pain. It is very possible this condition can be improved with trigger point therapy and structural integration therapy.
Kristin Uchida (Brighton, CO) on Nov 23, 2012
If the doctor has diagnosed the issue and things are still not helping there are options. Massage with trigger point therapy can be helpful in releasing muscles that are tight which in turn cause pain. It is very possible this condition can be improved with trigger point therapy and structural integration therapy.
John Romano (Oakland Park, FL) on Nov 1, 2012
Probably to rebalance the gait and reset the sacrum due to a hypertonic piriformis muscle. Its easy to assess when a patient is on the table
Michelle Turner (Columbus, OH) on Oct 30, 2012
A general therapeutic massage as well as a massage that focuses on the foot, ankle, and calf could be very beneficial for painful feet. If you can't get to a professional you could use a tennis ball or something similar to massage the foot yourself. I have also had clients who started a water aerobics and found that the work in the water strengthened the muscles of the leg and brought about relief for the foot.
Saderia Cheatham (Mechanicsville, VA) on Oct 29, 2012
Trigger point therapy and reflexology would both for chronic foot pain to increase blood flow to improve circulation.
Karen Bronson (Bothell, WA) on Oct 24, 2012
Magnet cupping for the tingling along the nerve affecting your foot it is similar to acupuncture but without the needles. Regular cupping with massage to your feet should also help provide circulation and blood flow and to remove any adhesions that may be present.
Anna Waggoner (Indianapolis, IN) on Oct 15, 2012
Hello! Foot pain and tingling are only a symptom of a larger problem. I'm wondering if you have been screened for diabetes. Do you know what is causing this? It's difficult to determine whether or not massage would be beneficial until you know the actual cause of the problem.
Jin Kim (Winter Park, FL) on Oct 23, 2012
In many cases, however, tingling in the feet can be severe, episodic, or chronic. It also can accompany other symptoms. such as pain, itching, numbness, and muscle wasting. In such cases, tingling may be a sign of nerve damage, which can result from causes as varied as traumatic injuries or repetitive stress injuries, bacterial or viral infections, toxic exposures, and systemic diseases such as diabetes. However, in the field of Oriental Medicine, the true meaning of Healthy man is someone who does good sleep, good digestion, good bowel movement, good urination, and regular period & morning erection. If you are doing good on human beings basic 5 things I mentioned above, I can do something for your Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes. Even if you are not doing good on those Basic 5 things, Do not worry about it. Oriental Medicine can make your genenral things better so that your other condition can be controlled. This is the clinic you will become health without symptom. And its the only way we can help you body. If you are looking for the symptom relief only, you may see Traditional Doctors. but this is the true meaning of Holistic Medicine(Body, Mental, & Emotion) I must see you and give you one specified answers for your condition.. Acupuncture & Herbs go together in most of cases to help patients like medications & surgeries. Sage the Wellness Center does not make continuous improvement because of the resistance of disease: you will feel very good right after treatment, but you could feel that your symptoms get worse(not necessary) on the next day of your acupuncture treatment. Don't worry! It is just the right amount of time to improve your condition. This is the exact opposite way your health decreases because of your body's natural healing power.
Dionna John (Atlanta, GA) on Oct 21, 2012
Hot and cold compress massages would help tremendously. I would also recommend that you get 30 minute leg massages to assist the blood/lymph flow in your lower extremities.
James Kennedy (, ) on Oct 20, 2012
I use alot of reflexology, both working on hands, feet, earlobes, and various accupressure spots. get checked for diabetes. exercise, diet, James
Dora Vazquez (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 19, 2012
Hi,did you know why you have that problem ? you may need to get a second opinion so you know what's causing the problem so you can treat it with alternative medicine if you like,or something other then medication that may include massage.Best of luck
Dora Vazquez (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 19, 2012
Hi,did you know why you have that problem ? you may need to get a second opinion so you know what's causing the problem so you can treat it with alternative medicine if you like,or something other then medication that may include massage.Best of luck
Crystal Wright (Valrico, FL) on Oct 18, 2012
Massage to the legs and feet as well as occasional foot reflexology should help your foot issues. Use massage cream or an essential oil stimulant such as peppermint, ginger, or mentha to further inhance circulation. Keep your body hydrated and stretch your lower back, hips, hams, calves, and feet often. Sincerely, Crystal Wright, LMT Valrico, FL 888-609-5538
Robert Conroy (San Diego, CA) on Oct 17, 2012
Gabapentin is about the best thing available for nerve pain plus it's non-addictive unlike pain pills. Sounds like you may have neuropathy. I'm not a doctor so I don't diagnose, but you need to try to determine what's causing this. Could it be high blood sugar? So I'm saying it's really important to determine the cause and not just treat the symptoms with drugs. Nutrition could help you and alpha lipoic acid has been used in Europe for about 50 years as a non-drug therapy for peripheral neuropathy. It doesn't help damaged nerves but helps regenerate new ones and also helps with insulin resistance and diabetes. It's the body's master antioxidant which starts declining about age 40. A really good book on this is called The Antioxidant Miracle by Lester Packer of Packer Labs in Berkely, CA.
Marco Di Bonaventura (King Of Prussia, PA) on Oct 17, 2012
Chronic foot pain and tingling can have many different pathologies. It is best to seek an experienced practitioner for an evaluation and consultation to understand the origin of the foot concern.
Lisa Lapwing (Austin, TX) on Oct 16, 2012
There are a few very effective alternative therapies for chronic good pain. Acupuncture is wonderful, massage, specific exercises, proper shoe inserts, electro-stimulation (usually done with acupuncture needles or a TENS unit) as well as a good diet and keeping your feet up above your heart when you can, at least 15mins a day. Always be sure to see a doctor if you believe the condition is steming from a joint or back problem.
Sejin Lee (Fullerton, CA) on Oct 16, 2012
I actually specialize in foot pain. With regular treatments, patients are able to improve with daily activities, walk longer and sleep better because of improvement with pain. Acupuncture heals the root cause of the problem of the foot pain not like taking pain killers or anti inflammatories. Acupuncture with combination of herbs are the best solution without any side effects.
Phaedra Neely (Raleigh, NC) on Oct 15, 2012
Foot reflexology will work well with increasing blood flow to the feet and respective reflexes. Have you seen a chiropractor though? Typically, if the nerves from L4 or L5 are being pinched it can cause tingling and pain down the leg and into the foot. Again, reflexology can increase blood flow to the feet and corresponding lower back reflexes if that is the case. Although if alignment is the issue, a chiropractic adjustment may be key. A combination of the two treatments will more than likley help with improving your sleep.
Shane Stout (Anaheim, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
For chronic foot pain I would suggest the therapy of firm heat techniques such as hot stone/s that you can warm yourself and step on the rock according to the tight tissue. Mexican beach pebbles are a wonderful source from any local home depot ect. Foot stretches that can be found on you-tube would also be highly beneficial. I would also suggest an experienced massage therapist to explore your entire leg process to assess whether a bad walking pattern that may have been developed by overly tight muscles throughout the entire leg. the leg is responsible for the weight of the body and over time regions can cause bad walking or sitting patterns.
Shohreh Younessian Pedouim (Los Angeles, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
I need more information about you, are you diabetic? if your condition is due to neuropathy a complication of diabetes, the best alternative medicine for you is acupuncture, herbs and Tuina( therapeutic massage ). I strongly recommend them to you for your condition.
Chang Oh (Stevenson Ranch, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
there are many ways which leads to tingling & chronic foot pain. 2 major distintive ways are low back & diabetes. I need to clasify which case is yours & depends on your total condition, treatment can vary. What was the neurologists diagnosis for you ?
Robbin Phelps (Takoma Park, MD) on Oct 14, 2012
I wonder if you have tried some gentle bodywork, such as the Trager Approach, Feldenkrais Method, or massage therapy? Having some treatment to help you relax the whole lower body could help. Also, lymphatic drainage therapy could help. I suggest trying both of these. Good luck!