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Tracieg - October 17

Haven't been here in a while but I'm hurting again. This time its my feet, they are in constant pain of some degree. Sometimes they feel like they are wrapped in hot coals, other times they just ache. It hurts like $#*& to walk. Has anyone with Fibro had this? I'm also wondering if it's RA. I had an EMG 3 weeks ago to test for neuropathy. I'm beginning to think my GP thinks I'm nuts, and YUP I think this pain is driving me to be crazy.


axxie - October 17

You may be having a sensitivity to the fabric or leather dye in your shoes or socks, or even the detergent used to wash your socks. buy a new insole or swap them from another pair of shoes to see if it is the culprit.

Natural fibers are not good for walking - save the cotton socks and the wool socks for other times. Use socks made of Cool-Max and other artificial fibers that wick sweat away from the feet and cool them down.

With athlete's foot, the burning is limited to the area of the fungal infection. Usually it will also be itchy, red, scaling, cracking.

Peripheral Neuropathy
Now we enter scarier territory. This is damage to the nerves, in this case the nerves to your feet. Burning is one symptom of peripheral neuropathy, but it can also be a "pins and needles" sensation, numbness, tickling or tingling. One of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. Diabetes can come on at any age and it pays to begin addressing it immediately.

Other conditions that can produce peripheral neuropathy include AIDS, alcohol abuse, Vitamin B-12 deficiency (pernicious anemia), heavy metal poisoning, and circulatory disorders.

Exercise such as walking is good for peripheral neuropathy as it improves circulation to the feet. Massaging the feet also increases circulation.
Help for Burning Feet
After walking, immediately change out of your shoes and socks, allowing the shoes to dry.
Soak your feet in cool water - do not use ice.
Pain relievers such as aspirin or acetaminophen
Try changes in your shoes, socks, and insoles
Rotate your shoes and socks, both between walking sessions and during the day.
See your doctor for a checkup and mention the problem as well as any tingling, numbness, etc. in hands or other areas.

Af for RA, I truly hope you don't have it, this would be desastrous, unless caught fairly early. I know I had the test done, and found out that what I had was Vitamin B-12 deficiency (pernicious anemia), so monthly shots help and has taken away the tingling and numbness. I do get it sometimes, but that's because some of the damage from peripheral neuropathy. So I go for walks.

Good luck to you and let us know how the test came out.


Fantod - October 17

Has anyone considered Plantar fasciitis? This is very common among people with Fibromylagia (FMS). I have had it myself and it is extremely painful. You need to see a podiatrist who is a sports medicine specialist. If it is PF, you'll probably need orthotics made to correct the way you walk in addition to treatment for PF. If it is PF, you should never walk around barefoot even after getting out of the shower. And, the best shoe to wear is a hard soled shoe so that the tendon does not sustain more damage from flexing. The sooner you see someone the better.

Plantar fasciitis is irritation and swelling of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot.

The most common complaint is pain in the bottom of the heel. It is usually worst in the morning and may improve throughout the day. By the end of the day the pain may be replaced by a dull aching that improves with rest.

Most people complain of increased heel pain after walking for a long period of time.

Conservative treatment is almost always successful, given enough time. Treatment can last from several months to 2 years before symptoms get better. Most patients will be better in 9 months.

Initial treatment usually consists of:

Anti-inflammatory medications
Heel stretching exercises
Night splints
Shoe inserts
If these fail, putting the affected foot in a short leg cast (a cast up to but not above the knee) for 3-6 weeks is very often successful in reducing pain and inflammation. Alternatively, a cast boot (which looks like a ski boot) may be used. It is still worn full time, but can be removed for bathing.

Some physicians will offer steroid injections, which can provide lasting relief in many people. However, this injection is very painful and not for everyone. Steroids should be an absolute last resort for anyone with an auto immune disease like FMS. Steroids suppress the immune system which is something that an FMS patient should avoid like the plague.

In a few patients, non-surgical treatment fails and surgery to release the tight, inflamed fascia becomes necessary.

The plantar fascia is a very thick band of tissue that holds up the bones on the bottom of the foot. This fascia can become inflamed and painful in some people, making walking more difficult.

Risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:

Foot arch problems (both flat foot and high arches)
Sudden weight gain
Tight Achilles tendon (the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel)
A typical patient is an active man age 40-70.

This condition is one of the most common orthopedic complaints relating to the foot.

I hope that this information is helpful to you. Take care and feel better.


Tracieg - October 20

Sitting here at work tonight in a horrible amount of pain. Wish I could go home, back, legs and feet. This is just nuts, the pain we go through.

Axxie thanks for responding, good advice. No diabetes, had that checked so now to check the RA, getting bloodwork tomorrow.

Fantod, I had pantar fascitis two years ago, found a wonderful Orthopedic Surgeon who did a procedure in his office, 20 min., and gone. its called Ultrasound Guided Trephination and wonderful. No real surgery, and no side effects. If anyone needs his info google Dr. John Herzog Falmouth ME. I've referred a lot of people to him and everyone was thrilled with the results. He's 7 hours from me but worth the trip.


duhda75 - October 20

I also have palntar facitis in both feet. It is very painful, and hard to walk. It is like Fantod said it is thick tissue and tendons in your feet. They become so irritated and painful. Your muscles and tendons start to tear and rip. And everytime you walk it make its worse. It will get much worse before it gets better. My sister also a FMS sufferer also has plantar facitis and walks with a walker. She has had steroid injections nto the feet. But, it didn't work. I recommend A thick sole shoe. I just found a pair of Merrell's. They are spendy but they make walking much more bearable. If you go online you can get them for a decent price. I got the clog style it gives me enough support w/o any added tightness. Good luck to you.



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