Numbness and pain in feet after my stroke

by Alfred Beltran
(Miami Beach)

Question: Earlier this year (1/7/2012), I suffered an ischemic stroke in the right side of my brain; however, a small portion of my left side was also hit. I suffered paralysis on the left side of my face, slurred speech, paralysis of my left arm and left leg and I was bound to a wheelchair, I was 39 at the time. I have been blessed to have a wonderful family and an extraordinary wife. My wife took it upon herself to do the therapy on me herself along with help from my older brother on Saturdays. I was able to regain my face and speech back to 100%, I kicked the wheelchairs 3 months later and I started moving my entire left arm on the 5th month post stroke. I still have a deficiency on my left hand, I can't make an angry fist but I can open and close it. I have to say my worst deficiency though is the fact that I have numbness on the top of both feet and hypersensitive on the bottom of my feet. I also feel like a burning sensation and I can't run or walk speedy. I hate to complain about anything since I feel lucky enough to have recovered approximately 85% but my feet are killing me and I do get extremely depressed because of it and at times frustrated. The doctor doesn't know when I will regain this awful sensation. I have researched everywhere and I can't find a possible solution or anything that will help me recover. Has anyone had this problem or known of someone with this problem? If so, have you/they recovered from this and in what period of time? Was there a specific exercise that was done to regain the sensation? Please help if you can. Thanks!

Answer: You can view for more treatment information on the type of pain you are describing. One other option that is not listed on the page above is Anodyne therapy which is used for diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy. I don't know if it would help with stroke pain, but you might look into it. As far as exercises, you could possibly try desensitization techniques such as vibration, massage, various textures used on a daily basis to decrease hypersensitivity. You could also try a TENs unit if your MD agrees to write a prescription, and you don't have any medical contraindications.

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hip pain
by: Anonymous

I had a stroke in 2011. I didn't lose the feeling on my right side but I could not move my right side. We had planed to go to Europe one month before my stroke. I was lucky I felt no pain at all for the first couple of years. I had a heavy exercise regiment from the day I left the hospital. I regain the use of my hand first with determination and of course they have me walking, at walking quickly. But my right leg is still a quite painful. I walk 2 miles 3 times a week. By Friday I'm real pain. I skip 2 or 3 days and the pain almost disappears. I'm so I was thankful for couple of years with no pain. Some muscle relaxers help. But I will keep walking until the pain go away. I have no choice. I got Rosette stone(German,I learned when I lived their)to help.

Minor tingling sensation in my left big toe
by: Aminas

It has been very educational an comforting. I have benefited a lot from the questions and answers posted.

post-stroke left hand and foot swelling, numbness & pain
by: kurttrail

I also am experiencing swelling, numbness & pain in my left hand and foot, but has not yet gotten to the point to get me to ask for pain killers. What helps me deal is the forced-air foot massager in my hot tub for both my hand and feet.

Lidocane works 4 me
by: Andy

I'm 5 Yr's post stroke. I'm left side hemiplegic.
I also experienced chronic & intense pain on the bottom of my left foot. It was so bad that on several occasions I almost fell& it only exasperated an already depressing situation. On my own initiative I asked my doctor 2 prescribe me a lidocane cream prescription. The results have been positive in the extreme- exceeding all my expectations.
Every morning I dutifully apply the lidocane. It works 4 me. I can walk pain-free! A true miracle
U can call me if u need any further info:
Andy 304-312-8158
Good luck 2 all my fellow stroke survivors
Never EVER give up!

Same after stroke
by: Jam

I experienced a doozy of a stroke that affected the left side of my body. Within weeks after getting back from the hospital I started experiencing pain and burning sensation and numbness in my toes which is still around two years later. Wearing socks can be very painful believe it or not. I have never mentioned this to the doctors I just didn't want to deal with the possibility of them recommending more harsh drugs that may or may not help. Surprisingly if I massage gently my toes when they have this burning painful sensation it subsides only to begin again when you stop, go figure.

stroke pain in my left foot
by: Anonymous

I ALSO HAVE SEVERE CHRONIC PAIN IN MY LEFT FOOT FROM A STROKE. Its not fun. This pain has wrecked my life. I cannot wear socks unless there 100 percent soft fine cotton .When I step down on my foot it feels like Im standing on rocks and the pain..well I have to go to a pain clinic. In the am is the worst. I have to take a narcotic pain pill before I even think of walking. I also take the nerve meds for my feet with no relief. I take Gabapentin which is also Neurontin. This medication makes me tired, I just don't get it. Because I now walk with a limp its throwing off my right side and now its starting in my right feet. This is my worst nightmare. I am open to sugesstions. Good luck to you!and Rock On

You had a stroke and here's a reminder
by: Dan

Had TIA Aug. 2012. Just like most of you I was prescribed various medicines by my doctor to improve my health. And life became hell. I experienced different painful and sometimes embarrassing side effects. From losing weight, uncontrolled diarrhea, day long dizziness, vomiting. You name it, and I had it.

I am reading all your posts here and everyone is trying to look for a cure. Some shared their medications, some shared medical procedures and some recommended expensive therapies. Here is my reminder, how about we all try to discover first why we had the stroke in the first place. In my case, I am a type 2 diabetic. Dieting is the first step I thought of right away. Improving the quality and quantity of food I eat everyday. And the time I eat included. I incorporated the daily exercise in the form of walking and stretching. I had a glucometer and a BP monitor so that whatever I eat and whatever I do on a daily basis I monitor how my body is responding. When I started feeling better, I researched my medications and made changes. The ones I didn't feel I needed I got rid of, and the ones which were too strong I lowered the dose. Please remember medications are a cure and a poison at the same time. Your treating one part of your body and your polluting another. I also sought what nature has in abundance that can I can use as supplements.

Listen to your body and be observant. The pains are usually the clues. It can be the food you just ate that aggravated the pain or what gave you it for the fist time. Or the food your body needs but you never thought of eating. Don't disregard the unusual changes in your body. I had puffiness around my eyes and swelling around my feet lately associated with back pains. I researched it and realized I have edema. A symptom of chronic kidney disorder - a complication of my diabetes. A careful review of my diet and supplements revealed that there is such a thing as vitamin toxicity. I will make adjustments to improve my kidney condition.

Screen what you put in your mouth. Food, liquids, medicines, supplements etc. Usually, we complain about pains we actually brought on to ourselves. So we are the ones who can take it away too.

Lastly, have acceptance in your heart. When you get frustrated, you stress yourselves and you worsen your condition. Stay positive at all times. I can never get back to being 100% healthy. Many years of abuse I have accepted that I won't recover back to my youthful energetic self anymore. Find things that will make you happy and inspired. Look away from negatives and have a sense of appreciation for what you have at least, better than you're gone and left so many things undone. We can still contribute and inspire others. We have been slowed down, but we can still do what they can one day at a time. Good luck.

response from Great response, Dan. It really is important to take a look at our lifestyles, and what we are putting in our bodies. As a medical professional, I have seen many adverse effects occur because of medicines. With that said, however, I do recommend talking with your MD before discontinuing medications. Some medicines are truly not necessary but others may be very necessary and may even prevent death or another stroke. Also, just because you need a medication at some point in your life doesn't mean you will always need it so it's important to review what you are taking with your physician periodically. You may find after taking up a healthy lifestyle that some medications are no longer necessary, but always check with your MD first. Some medicines can have very serious side effects if you stop taking them abruptly.

by: Anonymous

I hope you feel better each day, My husband had a stroke in May 2014, His top/ under feet is still hurting right now. I just hope that the pain will go away, every time when I look at my husband my tears drop down, I feel your pain hope you better better and better.

Understanding your pain
by: Anonymous

I had a right brain stroke a year and a half ago. My left foot always hurts and feels swollen. I am thankful to be alive. My left hand has terrible sensations in it and sometimes has tremors. My left leg will sometimes shake too. I just try to bear the pain and use my cane when it so bad that I cannot walk on it. Wish you all we'll that know what we are going through as it is hard to explain to a non stroke person..Prayers help me.

Brain Stem Stroke
by: Anonymous

Any one who can share with me, I had a brain stem stroke on march 29th 2014 (this spring). I was improving the 1st 2 months then my leg, arm, knee, hand, and ankle got tingling and numbness. Chronic pain is in the right leg, knee, ankle and hand on my right side. I'll be thankful for anyone's advice. My pain is getting worse, I have no insurance, any kind of info will be greatly accepted. God bless.(

Chronic Foot Pain
by: Anonymous

Hi friend I'm Lee. I have lived with the same condition for 11 years but you can never get rid of it completely. It was lessened for me with pregablin, codeine & oxycodone. You will thank the lord for any type of relief. Believe me, I know what you are going through. I woke up 6 months after stroke and thought what the hell is this just when I was starting to feel slightly better. While being rehabilitated for the outside world it was worse than a kick in the teeth. Then I myself started writing poetry which helped me get my feelings down on a piece of paper and helped me. Preoccupy your mind with anything you like to do. Doctor gave me presciption for oral morph that takes it away completely but most doctors will not keep you on this for long but boy its like taking a short break somewhere nice
when you have lived so long with this undescribable feeling. At times it's like no one is listening, but the morphine will take it away completely for has long as you are allowed it. I'm still on it 6 months later. Good luck. Lee

Note from Comment is from a stroke survivor, represents his opinion/experience, and in no way should be constituted as medical advice. Please see your MD if you have unresolved pain.

burning in hand
by: Anonymous

I had right brain stroke 2 1/2 years ago.. was just googling info about my hand and your question came up.. I was paralyzed left side as well, regained 85 % , I have a feeling of being burned on my left hand , but you said hypersensitive.. maybe thats how I should describe it.. I have no answer searching, but you are the first I've heard closest to my issue , thank you for sharing

by: Earl

My stroke was 05/13/2009.
The pain in the foot (right bottom) is difficult to bear.

I have had back surgery replacing discs to no avail.

I have had tarsal tunnel surgery to no avail!

My doctor at Emory Dr Nicholas Boulis has told me that he can go back into the tarsal tunnel area and attach wires and then he can send signals which may eliminate the pain.

He also does surgery where he places a unit similar to a pacemaker for the heart but instead for the brain.
He sends impulses to the nerves which stop the pain in the feet.
This is cutting edge surgery. This is done by Dr Boulis.
He scheduled this for my older brother and my brother passed away before the surgery was scheduled (unrelated to the brain surgery).

Dr Boulis told me that doing the brain surgery would be his last choice of course.

My pain is very similar to yours. I also have Charlie horse type pain along with the bottom of the right foot pain.
My email is

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Foot Pain

by Diana

Question: I'm 66 years old & had a left-sided stroke 12-18-2010. I've had no follow-up since then & have developed SEVERE foot pain & am at a loss as what to do for relief. My doctor placed me on Neurontin 300 mg TID but I have NO RELIEF & my b/p has increased since the stroke. The pain is 24/7 & my doctor now has I am at max dosage of Neurontin. It's hard to walk, even putting on socks/shoes HURT and my life is a living hell. I take vit B12 & also B complex & Mg which helps some. What can I do to regain NORMAL feeling in my feet/legs & right side. I function but it takes great effort. I want to get off all the drugs & feel whole again.

Answer: Hi Diana. Please see my answer and link above regarding foot pain and treatment options.

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Foot Pain After Stroke

by Kathy
(Riverside,ca usa)

Question My husband has severe foot pain after having a hemorrhagic stroke. Walking is difficult and the foot slides and is rubbed as he says "raw". There is no visual indication of skin being rubbed raw. It looks normal just the same as his other foot. Please help us with an answer.

Answer: Your husband may have what is called post stroke pain or central pain syndrome that is characterized by a deep burning and/or pins and needles sensation. Post stroke pain can be difficult to manage and may or may not respond to medication. I would have your husband visit a pain clinic where he can find a MD that specializes in dealing with pain disorders. Some treatments used include medication, injections, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation or deep brain stimulation.

Sometimes pain can be caused by spasticity or muscle spasms. If that is the case then you can ask your husband's neurologist to prescribe medication or consider injections to decrease the spasticity or tightness.

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Bottom foot pain after stroke.
by: Tommy

Had stroke in 2013. Bottom foot pain began right after in Jan 2014. Today is Mar 15, 2016. Been to 4 hospitals, 2 regular doctors, 1 neurologist, 2 chiropractors and probably others. Tried everything, nothing helped except rubbing alcohol that eased it for 2 and a half hours day and night. Haven't had a 8 hours of sleep in 2 years. Today is the first time the pain has increased, started using pantothenic described by Adelle Davis in 1965. I'm a spiritual guy, a hopeful guy that doesn't give up easily, but I think of taking my life more often every day. It seems no one has any idea for relief. It seems they don't want to admit it. I admire most doctors, but I think some prey on people with intense pain knowing they will try anything for help. God bless all of you and my prayers to you.

Stroke after had baby
by: Anonymous

I am 36 and two weeks after I had second child. I had stroke. I suffer daily of central nerve pain syndrome. Tried everything so far no relief . Is there a group to talk to others going through this? I have a five yr old and seven month old and life is hard when ur in pain. My foot is the worst! Statistics on the surgery?Stroke happened January 2015

How is the burning doing in your feet?
by: Anonymous

Hi, It is great to hear that you recovered from so many deficits. But I'm curious if you ever resolved the burning foot issue? I too have had a stroke in 2015 and the burning foot seems to be what I'm struggling with most.

If you have gotten any relief from this, it would really be helpful to know what you did for relief. Thanks for sharing your amazing story!

Caregiver for my dad.
by: Anonymous

First, thank you all for sharing your situations. I was looking for help to understand what my father is feeling. He suffered an acute ischemic stroke in January 2013. He is a complete miracle; however, has tremendous right foot pain. The stroke caused expressive aphasia which makes it very difficult to understand how severe his pain is. From reading your posts, I have gained a better understanding of what he is feeling and how I can better help him.

I did learn that many stroke survivors will experience spasticity in their muscles for the rest of their lives. There is no cure. They did give him a pill that caused him to go into a zombie like state and he could not focus...we took him off that mess. He is now receiving Botox injections into his muscles. They seem to help and are required every 3 months vs a daily pill. We have noticed that soaking and heating pads help prior to a massage. He has to massage and stretch daily or it becomes stiff and more painful.

Anyhow, I thank you all for sharing and cannot wait to share your stories with him so that he can see that he is not the only one experiencing a pain that he knows is limiting his ability to be more independent.

Foot Pain after Stroke
by: Julie

Reading all these comments has given me a glimmer of hope. My father had a stroke 3 yrs ago, and suffers from severe foot pain in the left foot. It started with the small toes on the left foot, and now has increased to the big toes on both feet. It is so severe that he can't sleep, and when he does sleep the pain wakes him. Doctors don't listen, they just prescribe more heavy drugs, like end one etc, which is a radical way of the Dr saying he has no answers. Has anyone tried acupuncture, or was there any relief using a TENS machine to stimulate the nerve endings? I agree there is not enough services for the sufferers of stroke, and Drs need to do more research in order to understand what the stroke victims are going through. I will say survivors are the lucky ones, and we would rather have you all here, than gone, but quality of life without pain, and relying on medication is the flip side.
Thanks for posting your information, it is extremely helpful.

Never Give up!
by: Andy Railing

I had a stroke on Feb 24, 2010; and my foot pain has been, and still is the major roadblock to my recovery! I can't put into words the agony I have endured! It is sometimes so painfully intense that I can not possibly walk even a few feet with my cane)! I truly feel sorry for anyone who may suffer the same fate. That said, we must Never give up ever! Be brave and keep walking(It's a long hard slog) despite the pain! Also, keep chasing the pain to find relief.God bless you & jolly good luck. Peace, Andy

foot pain
by: Anonymous

Post stroke foot pain should be studied more!
I am 48, foot pain post stroke is really bad. Other than knowing it is central pain, what to do for it is little known.

Foot Pain
by: Anonymous

My daughter had a stroke when she was 20 and his experiencing the same problem

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Numbness following stroke

by Tony Lodge
(Renfrewshire, UK)

Question: I have difficulty sleeping due to numbness and burning sensation in my right foot and leg. My stroke was 10 years ago on my left side.

Is there anything I can do to give me relief from this condition particularly at nightime?


Answer: Unfortunately, pain after stroke can be difficult to manage. Some current treatment techniques involve medications (antidepressants and anticonvulsants have been helpful for some), deep brain stimulation, and motor cortex stimulation. One thing to consider since you are having an increase in pain at night is to make sure having the sheet or covers on your feet is not causing the pain. After stroke, stimuli that normally wouldn't bother someone can cause pain. I've worked with patients that have neuropathy that can't tolerate a sheet on their feet so that is something to consider.

It can sometime take meeting with several physicians before you find one that listens and is dedicated to helping you control your pain. As noted in the question above, I strongly encourage you to visit a pain clinic and MD that specializes in working with nerve pain.

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Hot pain in back hips and right leg

by Raymond Beadle

Question: Since my stroke 20 months ago, I've experienced hot right side leg and foot pain. It is extremely hot and I can only walk for a few minutes before the pain re-occurs. Can anyone help to diagnose my symptons? I've had a MRI scan and it was clear, but my symptoms still occur on a regular basis

Answer: I recommend reading the webpage devoted to central pain syndrome at

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Freezing and Burning Feelings Post Stroke

by Bongi Linda
(Muizenberg, Capetown, SA)

Question: I had a stroke in 2006 (CVA l hemiplegia) my left side still weak and thinner. I limp which now I accept. The problem is even on a sunny day sometimes it feels freezing cold but at night when I'm in bed once I start to feel warm I need to take my legs out of blanket because it feels like burning and the vein become thick.

Answer: It sounds like you may have Central Post Stroke Pain (CPSP). You can read more about it at

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