Sources of Foot Pain with Fibromyalgia
Pain. That’s the earmark of fibromyalgia. Pain, all sorts of pain, flows through the bodies of those with FMS and can make life less than pleasant.
Although most of the pain we associate with fibromyalgia is the kind of muscular pain that sits in the shoulders, back, neck and larger muscle groups of the legs, there are pains in the hands, arms and feet that are equally distressful.
Many people who suffer with fibromyalgia experience pain in their feet. However, medical doctors do not feel foot pain is symptomatic of fibromyalgia since FMS tends to present with muscle and soft tissue pain rather than joint and bone pain.
They associate foot pain more with a condition like arthritis. However, when you check symptoms and treatments, you will often find the treatment of fibromyalgia pain listed on arthritis sites and in arthritis literature. It is quite evident that a person can be dealing with both arthritis and fibromyalgia at the same time.
There have been several studies conducted in a bid to link fibromyalgia to other conditions that may present with foot pain.
Some of those conditions are:
· Plantar fasciitis
· Morton’s Neuroma
Source of Foot Pain with FMS: Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a relatively common foot pain that can affect anyone. This type of pain is often found in highly active people like runners and athletes. It occurs in older people as well and generally in people who may be on their feet a lot.
The pain in the foot is the result of inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that stretches from the heel to the front of the foot, supporting the arch of the foot. As with many things in our bodies, it becomes less resilient with age and can be damaged by frequent or intense physical activity.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by:
· excessive pronation, when the feet roll inward too much when walking
· high arches or flat feet
· walking, standing or running for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces
· poorly fitting shoes or worn out shoes
· tight calf and Achilles tendons
Irritation and swelling of the tissues within the foot and heel cause serious pain and for people with fibromyalgia syndrome and the heightened sensitivity to pain that is inherent in the syndrome, the pain can be severe.
Plantar fasciitis can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers as well as wearing shoe supports, special splints at night, physical therapy, and in extreme cases, surgery.