Hyper-sensitive feet

By BandonBob Latest Reply 2016-10-25 13:11:23 -0500
Started 2011-02-26 16:23:23 -0600

I went to the podiatrist because of the way my feet bother me and I was worried it might be the beginning of neuropathy. When I walk I feel everything under my feet. If I walk on gravel I even feel each individual rock through the soles of my shoes. When the doctor checked my feet he had me close my eyes and he then touched my feet all over with a little fiber. I felt each touch as an electric shock and that's when he told me I have hyper-sensitive feet. He says he is not sure why and recommends I see an endocrinologist. I was wondering whether anyone out there had or had heard of this problem?

14 replies

Lissajayne05 2016-10-25 09:44:33 -0500 Report

I also have highly sensitive feet and am very ticklish. I can't stand for anyone to touch my feet! I have the shooting pain, pins & needles and the shocks in both feet, and have been a diabetic since I was pregnant with my son 12 years ago. I feel like this is prephial neuropothy, but my dr says its not because I still have feeling. In my right foot I have numbness up the side and my dr thought it was due to sciatica. I went to the chiropractor for 4 plus months with no relief, then saw a neurologist who says it never was my back. He thinks it is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. (pinched nerve in the ankle/foot) He wants me to have an EMG and I am scared to death! This is where they stick needles in your foot and into the muscle, and then have you move to see the nerves working. I decided on a 2nd opinion, because I know that I will jump or jerk my foot. Going to a podiatrist next month.

WASHED OUT 2016-10-25 12:13:00 -0500 Report

I agree with Steve below. I had the EMG test and it wasn't bad at all, of course I did have peripheral neuropathy and permanent nerve damage in my feet and legs. That may have prevented it from hurting but that test measures the nerve response to muscle tissue and it is the most accurate test to be done to determine the diagnosis. If you want a true diagnosis get the test.

haoleboy 2016-10-25 11:23:55 -0500 Report

the EMG test is not nearly as bad as you make it out to be. I found it to be virtually painless. The EMG and nerve conduction tests are really the only way to determine if you indeed have peripheral neuropathy
(I was diagnosed with severe sensory and motor neuropathy in my legs and feet a couple years back)


suecsdy 2016-10-25 13:11:23 -0500 Report

I don't know if this is the same test I had, but all I had to do was stand on a metal plate, They did hook me up with electrodes (I think) and ran a mild currant through my feet. They had me do deep breathing and sit and stand, then we did the same with my hands. I didn't feel a thing. Turns out my feet are better than my hands.

milakana 2013-03-16 04:59:04 -0500 Report

My father has the same problem. He don't have any pain but he can't bear any touch to his feet. Doctor says that he is normal but couldn't give the proper reason for the same. On asking I have come to know that many people I know having the same problem.

Its not easy to explain how its feel but you can say its touching an eye with your finger.. the feelings are like that.. My father couldn't explain it by words.. Looking for a good doctor..

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-02-28 19:41:37 -0600 Report

I hope you follow up with an endocrinologist. Hyper-sensative feet are really awful to endure. After I had West Nile Virus my feet were very sensitive for several years. They would feel awful as soon as they touched the floor every morning. The nerves else where were over sensitive but could be tolerated better than the ones in my feet.

GabbyPA 2011-02-28 15:11:55 -0600 Report

This is the way my feet feel. I have just always assumed it was neuropathy. My doctor says that I have feeling in my feet, which I do, but they hurt and when my hubby gives me foot rubs, the first few moments are nearly unbearable as they get used to his touch. I will have to ask more questions too then.

digitaldoorbell 2011-02-27 13:49:28 -0600 Report

I suggest that you go to a neurologist. I have the same symptoms, and those mentioned below, and I have neuropathy. What is really frustrating is that I've only had diabetes for six months and am controlled without medicine. What has helped me immensely is r-alpha lipoic acid and I bought a TENS unit that you can attach to your feet or legs. I no longer have agonizing pain. Just numbness, at times, burning, at times, and a my legs and feet feel like they are freezing frequently. Pleae take care of yourself. Please see another doctor.


BandonBob 2011-02-27 14:04:58 -0600 Report

Thanks for your reply. I am with the VA for health care and have to wait until they can get me an appointment in Roseberg which is a couple of hours away. Not too convenient but as my care is free I'll wait for them.

Art Loving
Art Loving 2011-02-26 16:49:12 -0600 Report

Sounds to me like neuropathy. I have peripheral neuropathy from an impartial spinal cord injury I suffered in 2003. I have the same sensation plus burning, shocks, and just pain from my knees to my toes. I take Lyrica daily and Vicodin when the pain is unbearable, like today. I have seen the neurologist I saw when I had surgery. But, it's hard to locate pain in any test. I've decided to not let the pain stop me. I work and exercise. I hope you find a way to cope. I just ordered a book, Coping with Peripheral Neuropathy. The meds I take do not take the pain away, just change or decrease it. I don't have any answers. Wear shoes always. Best wishes. Be good to yourself.

BandonBob 2011-02-26 17:15:16 -0600 Report

Thanks for your reply. I do wear shoes all the time. I keep active riding my bike 5 miles per day at least five days a week. The rest of the time I walk. I'm not letting it slow me down as I feel that the activity is what helps me keep the diabetes where it is.