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My feet are KILLING ME!

Dec 13, 2015 4:47 PM

Three months ago my heels started burning so badly I had to sit down. Since then I have been unable to stand for longer than 45 seconds without shifting my weight. Even shifting my weight only helps for so long, because after about ten minutes I am in so much pain that I can't even think clearly. My heels burn and throb. My arches cramp. The metatarsal joint has a sharp pain every time I flex my big toe. The ball of my foot feels like its been beat with a hammer! I LITERALLY can barely stand on my feet. Walking is tolerable so long as I take very small strides but only for an hour or two and then I feel like I've ran a marathon. I have seen a podiatrist and have had custom inserts made but they haven't helped. What is wrong with my feet?!

Dec 13, 2015 5:31 PM

Have you had any specific injury?

Dec 13, 2015 5:44 PM

No

Dec 13, 2015 5:52 PM

Hmm, well have you seen a neurologist in case it's nerve related, I would definitely tell your doc.
For me, I have nerve and foot issues, but as of now it's mostly muscle tension, spasms, and numbness. I feel like it's about to fall off sometimes. I was in a walker about a year ago, when my pain was getting worse.
Just some options of you can't get into a doc, maybe try gentle stretches or yoga, or get some menthol or aspirin rubs, if your stomach is sensitive to NSAIDS. Other than that, keep looking for options like DMSO or kava root, or something else that works for your body. Others may also have ideas.
I hope you can find answers soon!

Dec 13, 2015 5:55 PM

I appreciate the ideas but the reality is that I am way past homeopathic remedies. I've been on oral steroids and they didn't help. I likely have severe plantar fasciitis but I'm not sure

Dec 13, 2015 7:23 PM

Planta facitis is what I have and fibromyalgia Sound similar I find ice and gentle streatches help

Dec 13, 2015 11:25 PM

I have many feet issues and find if I lag in bed and stretch my hips open then had foot bending toes back and rub up and down w nuckles to wake up first then
Add body weight. It's important to Always wear shoes even just out of bed. Stretch stretch but you don't want surgery. I have Crps hips down possibly from surgery.

Dec 14, 2015 1:48 PM

Ronin, it definetly sounds like plantar fascitis to me as well. I agree with Crps as well. Stretch, stretch, stretch. You do not want surgery on your feet.

Dec 14, 2015 4:55 PM

I have planter fascitis, i got the boots to sleep in. They help sometimes. While sitting I occasionally take frozen water bottles and rollthem with my feet. You can also use golf balls. The only shoes I can wear are sketchers with memory foam. In the summer I have to have a flip flop that has foam like soles. Good luck to you. I know how bad it hurts. I still always shift my legs while standing.

Dec 15, 2015 11:12 AM

Be really careful w immobilization - yes the sleds feel good to sleep and walking boots are heavy but easier to get around at time and yes finally you 'look'sick I guess but the risk of developing CRPS isn't worth it! Stretch like an athlete and rest you feet as much as possible

Dec 16, 2015 7:00 AM

Has the podiatrist done complete x-rays and an MRI? I had to have the ball joint of both feet fused. It was great because the pain completely went away. I was initially diagnosed with plantar fasciitis as well. Went to orthopedic doctor who found bone on bone arthritis of the ball joints. Please see an orthopedist because my podiatrist didn't help. Insist on an MRI so that you can get proper diagnosis and solution. I saw two other doctors who took poor x rays and weren't able to detect the problem. They were in-network doctors so I went out of network and results were wonderful. I had been in so much pain that I was 😢 on the way to work and oftentimes during work. Always had to go straight to bed when I got home and spent weekends there. Surgery results were great. Hope it isn't that bad but you need to know the source of your pain.

Dec 16, 2015 12:33 PM

Thats a good paint. He said he could cut the plantar fascia from the heel bone and it would be a relatively simple surgery with quick recovery but I am a little concerned that he offered surgery based only on xrays and not mri images

Dec 16, 2015 2:14 PM

I did it and got Crps which is so much more painful. I know that is hard to imagine but really. Podiatrist typically do one a year so they aren't super up to date typically yet you don't want a dr that does tons of them either. Exhaust everything first

Dec 16, 2015 5:54 PM

I have burning feet, toe, leg and other body area pain as well, migraines and depression, I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I've been on multiple meds, I can't take most narcotics because of being allergic to them. So Advil is most of my pain meds. I've started looking into oils as well. Good luck!

Dec 16, 2015 7:18 PM

Have you tried low heat. Warm the bottom of both feet and heels while sitting then gently roll on a rolling pin for a gentle stretch. Cold tends to tighten and shorten the tendons which is not ideal.

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