View Full Version : Anybody with feet problems?

08-03-2009, 07:32 PM
Hey All!

Wondering if any of you suffer with feet problems. Specifically achillies tendonitis, plantar faciitis, ball of foot pain and hammertoes. Also, does anyone here feel like the tops of their feet are breaking?

I have a difficult time walking - due to ALL the above:4:

If you do suffer this - what do you do for it?

I've got custom orthodics and I basically have stopped going anywhere or doing anything cuz I can't walk.

Looking for help.

Angel Oliver
08-04-2009, 02:58 AM
Oh im so sorry to hear about your foot problems. You need to see the Doctor he should be able to ease em with pills.
My feet are sore.They swell but recently oh the cramps have been bad.If i turn in bed,my toes hurt so bad.Most of the time they are cold n sometimes go blue.Sometimes they are warm n sore.
I asked the rheumi about it,he gave me meds to stop the cramps,so far so good.
I could never let anyone touch my feet...oh maybe tickle them lol thats good...but touch em with pressure ..no!
I hope your feet ease but do tell the doctor,you need help and soon.


08-04-2009, 11:06 AM
Sorry to hear about the issues with your feet. I use to have extreme pain/swelling in my feet/ankles and could barely walk as the pain was just too much or when I did walk I would just cry. Have you tried insoles in your shoes? Also, I would tell my doctor about this and perhaps they can/will adjust your medication.

08-04-2009, 01:30 PM
I too have such bad cramps in my feet and bilaterial heel spurs and my toes and feet burn sometimes and cramp under the soul of my foot. Bonita

08-05-2009, 05:28 PM
Believe me...I've told ALL my doctors about this for several years. Doe eyed blank look is all I get.

I have a new podiatrist who I've had for about a year now. Really like him - he understands my feet....

The worst thing is the achillies tendonitis right now. He's sending me to PT and then after starting that he's going to give me a cortisone injection in each foot - first one and then cast me for a month and then the other and cast me for a month on that one...great next 2 months in a cast..... anyway I start PT for it on Monday....


08-06-2009, 02:21 PM
I've been fighting foot issues for years...orthotics, splints, cortisone, finally had shockwave on both heels a year ago. It helped one foot, did little on the other. And insurance I have now won't cover it. (of course!)

Good luck with the casts - they usually do help, just kinda clunky for a while.

08-06-2009, 06:21 PM
Hi Jewelz.....your post could have been written by me! I've had plantar facsiitis & tendinitis for almost 5 years now...and it's BAD. I, too, can barely walk. I can only wear one pair of shoes, New Balance with a $40 New Balance insole inside. I started using a scooter a couple years ago for when hubby & I go shopping, or do anything where I have to be on my feet.

My toe joints feel like they are in flames right now. My metatarsal, ball of foot area & all through the sole and into the back of my heel all just scream, depending on my level of activity. Thus, I don't do much on my feet.

I just found out that tendinitis can be related to lupus, along with vasculitis. I think I have vasculitis going on on the tops of my toe joints where they are all swollen....I have these little brown dots (discoloration) scattered exactly right over where the pain is. I have showed this to two docs and both just shrug their shoulders, like, big deal. I know something is going on in there, and for there to be a manifestation of vasculitis showing up......it scares me a little bit. Especially when no one has actually labeled me with a diagnosis of lupus. I really believe I have it, and I'm going to set up an appointment with Dr. Yunus (rheumy) ASAP and see what he thinks. I have not yet seen him but I did see his partner for 25+ years until he retired, and even though all my bloodwork showed borderline lupus, he never gave me a diagnosis....for 25 years.

Anyway.......YES........I share the pain with you...it's agonizing. I will be anxious to hear how the cast works. Is it a walking cast? Or a cast where you have to use crutches? I have a walking cast that I could always try if it helps. Please let me know how it goes.

Good luck!

08-06-2009, 08:32 PM
Well I've done some reading about this achillies insertion tendonitis and it seems that cortisone in the achillies anything is not good.

I've decided to get another opinion about this from a foot/ankle ortho. I'll be calling tomorrow to make the appt.

I've been casted before without much success....

Porchy - sounds like petechia, google it and see what you think and if it fits you. I've had the SAME THING and the docs here do the SAME THING - they are all idiots! :skeptical::arghh: rheumys...


08-06-2009, 10:16 PM
Jewelz.....Looks like petechia and vasculitis can go hand in hand. I'll add it to the list that I am making to talk to the doc.

I've showed this rash over my toe joints (along with the obvious swelling) to 3 docs......they just look at it like "DUH..." I swear to god, I feel like banging my head! :hissyfit:

I have also heard that cortisone injections into the achilles is not good. Especially if it's tendinitis, the injection could cause more damage.

08-07-2009, 01:58 PM
Oh DOnt bang that BEAUTIFUL head of yours Jody!!!! :wideeyed: You WILL get what YOU DESERVE from a GOOD DR!!! Just keep on hunting my friend!!! We are here with you to go on this rollercoaster ride!!!! XXXXXXX

08-07-2009, 09:03 PM
LOL, okay I won't bang my head, at least not for now.

I'm trying to get an appointment with a rheumy here in town, he's supposed to be very very good. He was partnered with my old rheumy of 20+ years before he retired. Now this guy has his own fibromyalgia clinic at a local hospital in town. I figured I would rather try my luck with this guy than to see someone I've already seen and had no luck with. I think this one should be the best of the bunch. Wish me luck.

I just feel, deep in my gut, that I do have lupus. I believe I have for half of my life. I want the diagnosis, to validate what I am experiencing, and also I need it so I can be treated and maybe have a better quality of life..... but I'm just so tired of chasing my tail. So if it doesn't happen this time, I'll hang it up. I just don't have the energy to keep seeking help that never comes... agghhh.

08-09-2009, 07:55 AM
This is going to sound too simple, but it is not.

I use Arnica Gel. It is a herb that reduces swelling, inflammation and bruising.

I rub it in every time I feel pain or discomfort. It works.

I was so debilitated from foot pain 2 years ago, before I was even tested for Lupus, I limped everywhere. Now, I just have mild discomfort when I first get up.

You can buy it at Walmart or most healthfood stores.

I am a Registered Massage Therapist and I use it on many many of my clients for chronic pain and inflammation.

It is gentle and effective.

Also, if you are more into pharmaceuticals (I am not), Voltaren has come out with a new topical anti-inflammatory gel. Talk to your doctor/pharmacist about it. It's available over the counter in Canada and I assume the US.

08-09-2009, 09:36 AM
I am 32 and recently diagnosed with SLE,
I have had pains all over for years, along with 11 misscarrages, my gall bladder ,appendix, part of my right kidney, submandibular gland and 5 nodes in my neck removed. As well as a full hysterectomy and many more surgeries I'd like to forget.
I'm still coming to terms with why/how it took them so long to diagnosed me??

Angel Oliver
08-09-2009, 09:53 AM
Sending you gentle hugs PJT.Im sorry for all the grief you have been through.I have'nt been diagnosed yet,but havent been through all what you have been through.I hope your diagnosis and answers and happier days come soon for you.Just keep posting we are here.

Love n hugs

08-09-2009, 10:10 AM
The Voltaren Gel (which I have used) is Rx only in the US. It was just approved here by the FDA.

I will definately look for this arnica stuff - sounds interesting but I have never seen it here... will have to ask pharmacist.

PJT - I don't know either... I'm sorry sweetie...I've had a hysterectomy too, just a couple years ago at 35 - it was a terrible ordeal...so I understand. Hugs to you.

What great info to share!

08-09-2009, 12:22 PM
I have feet problems. At one point, it was so bad that I couldn't even get out of bed and started to see a chiropractor. She adjusts my feet and they feel wonderful for several days before they get achy. She also suggested to me that I start a stretch excersize with my foot that sounds foolishly simple, but does seem to help alleviate pain. All you need is a tennis ball. You run the tennis ball under your foot from toes to ball of foot and back while sitting down. it breaks up the knots of pain in my feet and stretches them out. She said that when the tennis ball gets too easy, you should switch to a golf ball.

PJT06 - I am sorry to hear about all the struggles you have gone through. I am 31, have been sick on and off for over 10 years and am still not formally diagnosed, although I am in the process of a sarcoidosis diagnosis. Just had some lymph nodes removed from my lungs via my neck this week, and I can not imagine having to do this several times. This is a great site. Although we can't answer the WHY it took so long question, we can all identify with parts of your experience and frustrations. There is a New Members Introduce Yourself section on this site. If you post there, you will find a lot of people coming along to meet you as well.

08-09-2009, 12:43 PM
One thing that helps me, I use a frozen can of orange juice and roll my feet, the ice helps with the swelling.

08-16-2009, 09:18 PM
I have heard of Arnica but not in gel form. I will look for it. I have used the Voltaren Gel and honestly doesn't really work for me. Everyone is different though.


What did your doc rx for the spasms? I get leg spasms that are so bad that I can't get out of bed either. One morning, I slid down the side of my bed, crawled out on my hands and knees to check on my 10 year old. lol. Whatever it takes . . .

Take care,


dassar RN
08-17-2009, 05:17 AM
Unfortunately the only issue that I have been having is swelling of both ankles with more to the left foot. It hurts to walk. Hoping it is nothing too serious as my next appt. with the Rheumy is next week.

Hope you feel better soon.!!

Dassar RN

08-17-2009, 11:40 PM
Let us know what your rheumy says. I hope you get to feeling better soon as well.

Take care,