Has anyone considered that you might have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome? This is similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the hand. The numbness you write of is suggestive of that. Sometimes, the plantar fasciitis can trap up one of the branches of the posterior tibial nerve. A nerve conduction test may not show the sensory component of the nerve. Sometimes I will try a very small amount of local anesthetic aroung the posterior tibial nerve and if the pain goes away, I consider a diagnosis of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.
That being said, RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) or the new term CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) is a difficult problem to treat. A pain management doctor can determine if you have it.
Posted By Vivian Abrams DPM on November 15, 2002 at 21:15:54: