AuricMemberMay 9, 2012 at 6:32 amPost count: 22
In the last few months, I’ve had a burning sensation on the very surface of my calves, occasionally on the shins and then down around my ankles.
I was recently fitted for orthotics, but the calf sensation existed before the new footwear. I have cavus feet.
I also have mild scoliosis, but it has been asymptomatic all of my life. I’m 55.
Last September, I had ACDF of C6/C7 (and thanks for your help, Dr. Corenman). That seems to be healing well, and I am lifting weights a full capacity. I don’t think the ACDF is related to the burning calves.
This is a very “surface-y” sensation. It feels rash-like, but there is no rash. It does not impede my cardio. It responds to aspirin reasonably well. It is not muscular. Due to the cavus feet, my achilles tendons are tight, and my foot flexion is not very good. Calf stretches have never done much, and one expert opined that some arthritis is probably at work in the feet.
My calves also have what I believe to be benign fasciculations. These are clearly visible and somewhat freakish. They look identical to the youtube videos of calf twitching. But that too has never caused pain or distraction.
This calf-burning sensation is worse when I am sitting. My hips do not hurt. My knees hurt at times, usually when I am sitting in an office chair, and particularly after a morning of squatting.
All of this seems to add up to a nerve and back issue. But I have no back pain and routinely deadlift.
Is it possible that this is peroneal nerve entrapment? There is no significant foot drop. All symptoms tend to improve when I am in motion.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorMay 15, 2012 at 9:58 amPost count: 8468
There is a syndrome called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a genetically inherited disease that effects the long nerves in the feet. It is associated with a “cavus deformity” of the feet (high arches). This disorder causes the nerves of the feet to slowly malfunction. I do not have this disorder listed as a topic as of yet on the website so you will have to look it up under Google.
There are many other disorders that could also cause these symptoms. While most leg symptoms do originate from the back, there are still many leg related symptoms that do not. The next step might be an EMG/NCV test.
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