Foot pain, hot/burning or uncomfortable feet and/or heel pain I find are very common complaints that many people do not understand the source of.
In almost every case that I can think of, the condition has been relieved by treating the lumbar spine with osteopathic techniques.
In my experience often, if the sole of the foot is painful, (especially to put on the ground on getting out of bed) the toes feel numb or tingly, or there is a sharp stabbing pain in the heel or the lateral side of the ankle or pain or numbness on the top of the foot, then the pain will often be referred from nerve damage occurring at the lumbar nerves at L4, L5 or S1.
You may also find that at times the foot feels weak or the ankle doesn’t want to move correctly.
This is because the lumbar nerves are responsible for coordinating the lower back muscles, thighs, legs, calves and feet.
Pain in the heel area may also be associated with a calcaneal or heel spur. This can be caused by persistent stress to the plantar fascia attachment causing inflammation & eventually a ‘spur’. Theoretically, poor foot mechanics cause this greater stress, which also can be improved by correctly the balance in the lumbar muscles.
Osteopathic treatment of the lower back can greatly improve or even bring about complete recovery of these problems.
I have not found that it has been connected with a heart or hormonal condition as many people seem to think.
If you happen to be overweight, this would increase pressure on the lumbar area, as pressure would be increased on nerves in that part of the spine.
It may take several osteopathic treatments to fully correct, but improvement should be immediate.
In many cases treatment can be improved by taking vitamin B complex and in
some cases extra vitamin B6 and B12.
Magnesium may well be also indicated if the body is very tense.