Although foot pain is never normal, it could be an indication that there is a problem.  In fact, it is a protection mechanism that helps warn you of an injury or abnormality.  Although I wouldn't be "grateful" for pain, it is a blessing that many with neuropathy (or numbness to the feet) don't have to warn them of problems.  However, when you can't walk it can be a great problem.

Why Can't I Walk?

There may be multiple reasons you can't walk.  These may include injuries such as fractures, sprains or strains, may include infections or swellings to an area or even may be circulation or nerve problems.  Some common reasons include:

  • Stress Fractures
  • Foot Fractures
  • Ankle Fractures
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Foot Sprains
  • Lisfranc Injuries
  • Calcaneal Apophysitis or Sever's Disease
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Gout
  • Arthritis
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
  • Neuropathy
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Through careful evaluation, we can usually get you walking without pain (or at least with minimal pain) and keep you active as you want to be.

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
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Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute