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Nanners
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   Posted 5/30/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have Crohns Disease, Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis.  My arthritis pain seems to be in my neck, my spine between the shoulder blades, hips, knees, and in my feet.  My feet hurt soooo much.  It seems as if its getting harder to walk these days.  I do have a rheumy but she wants to put on the really strong meds (Humira, Enbrel or MTX).  I can't do the MTX because of my sissy gut I can't tolerate the Folic Acid you need to take with it shocked .  My GI really doesn't want me on the Remicade or Humira because I have the scarring type of Crohns and it could cause rapid healing in my intestines and cause more obstructions.  And I am allergic to sulfa so the sulfazine is out of the question too.
 
But my feet hurt so bad.  I take opiod pain meds and they take the edge off, but not enough.  So does anyone else have the pain in their feet like me.  It feels like I am always walking on the bones of my feet instead of the pads.   Thanks for your help.
 
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   Posted 5/30/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
The heels of my feet hurt sometimes as well as a couple joints in my toes. I feel like I waddle when I walk! LOL My left heel hurts worse then my right and yes it does feel like I'm walking on the bone instead of the pad. Are you sure you don't have heel spurs? Have you ever had xrays of your feet?
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   Posted 5/30/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I've have a lot of trouble with my feet due to arthritis.  I suggest you see a good podietrist for one thing. With your ailments, it is very likely the mechanics of your feet may be messed up and a good custom-fit orthodic is what you may need. They can be expensive (some insurances will help pay for a portion of them) but are worth it.  Also (and I found this hard to believe when I was in agony) a good deep stretch of your calves daily (a few times daily) will help relieve some tension and pain in your feet. Apparently, if they're tight, you may not feel it, but your feet will. Go figure. Wear good supportive shoes on a regular basis. 98% of the time I wear a good walking shoe/sneaker. .  . I can't wear anything else for more than a few hours w/o excruciating pain.
 
If you can remember and have time, give them a short massage before bed and maybe before you get out of bed. Keep lotion by your bedside and massage your feet with it for a few mintues before getting up or going to bed. I used to do this and keep clean socks by my bedside so I could put them on right away w/o getting lotion on my carpet.
 
Good luck. Sorry if you've already heard all this before.
 


Nanners
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   Posted 6/1/2009 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sherry and CaMom. My heels don't hurt so much its more the pads and toe joints. I am blessed with a wonderful hubby who massages them just about everynight, and that does help, but the next day its the same again. I am having to see my orthopedic guy again in about 6 weeks because I think I have more damage in my knee he just scoped about 15 mos ago and will ask him to check out my feet too. Ouch!!!
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   Posted 6/1/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Just FYI - my initial issues (12 years ago this started) were with the toes and metatarsil area only. The tips I gave you were all from that time period and part of my healing process. My heels were never an issue until recently, not sure what to do about them....

 


Alicat
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   Posted 6/5/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I have psoriasis under my toenails, bunions on both feet, arthritis in both feet and now these weird hard callous things on the balls of both feet. Seeing a new podiatrist in a few weeks. I can't remember when my feet didn't hurt. Seems the arthritis is deforming all my toes more lately too. I'm on Humira and it really helped the arthritis in my knees and hands but doesn't seem to be doing much for my feet. I kind of learned to live with the pain for a long time but these callous things keep coming back and it's like walking with sharp rocks in my shoes. Anyone else have this problem? I don't know if it's part of the arthritis or what.

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   Posted 6/13/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Nanners, I too have arthritis in my feet. It seems the longer I've had this disease the more joints are affected. I have it in 2 toes on my left foot and 1 on the right. Sometimes in my ankles as well. I have it in my knees real bad and sometimes in my hands and fingers. I also have Crohn's. Sometimes I wonder when and if I'll need a wheelchair. Its spooky. My Remicade has stopped being effective so Im not sure where I go from here. Best of luck. Tony P.S. Ive had to use 2 canes just to get around my apartment the last couple of days.
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   Posted 6/14/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there! I've had a few really bad days this past week with my feet. It's amazing the total body difference and reaction I get from "painful, but bearable" to "there goes the rest of my day" I can definitely relate.
 


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   Posted 6/15/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Nanners,
My feet hurt too. They even get bruised. I have not got a good satisfactory answer as to why.
Just FYI you can get folic acid by injection.
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Alicat
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   Posted 6/16/2009 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Nanners,

I have psoriatic arthritis and my feet have been so painful that I finally went to a new foot doctor yesterday.   I also have bunions on both feet and psoriasis under my toenails.   For the last several months I've been getting these horrible hard callouses on the bottoms of both feet.   The doctor said the arthritis is so bad in my feet that instead of walking on padding, I'm walking on bone.   He said there really isn't anything that he can do other than shave down the callouses and cut my nails every few months.   Surgery is optional but he said he would not recommend it.    He did give me a card and told me to go to a shoe store in Town that sells new balance shoes.  He wrote on the card what shoes I should get and a special innsersole that will cushion the foot.  He said that should make walking a lot less painful.   We'll see.

I have been on Humira for almost a year and it has helped quite a bit, however, I find that I'm not making the two weeks till the next shot before the pain and swelling returns so am going to check with my rheumy to see if i can take the shots every week.   

Anyway - maybe a good foot doctor could at least help you find a shoe that will ease some of the pain.

 

Good luck

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CaMama
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   Posted 7/21/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I find New Balance to be the choice of shoe for me. My podiatrist recommended NB walking shoes years ago, and i haven't looked back since. I found metatarsal pads help me as well, but it sounds like you have issues in your heel as well.

Navy, are your feet bruising or turning purple? Is it possible you have Raynoud's syndrome? (I probably slaughtered that spelling)
 


Alicat
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   Posted 7/21/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I too was prescribed New Balance shoes by my podiatrist as well as special inserts.    What a difference it has made in walking.   A lot less pain.    Can't say that they are real stylish but not all that ugly either.
I wouldn't care if they looked like the boxes as long as I can walk without feeling like I'm stepping on stones.
 
 
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   Posted 7/21/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Dr. Scholls massaging gels help a lot. Reebok DMS (a type of heel system) helps me the most. I work on concrete for 8 hours a day. I weigh 200 and unload dishes for about 2 hours straight. When you add up the weight of the stoneware and such, I put a lot of strain on my feet. I had a bad bout of heel spurs but conqured them without surgery. First you take about 4000 or so of vitiman C internal to desolve them from the inside, then mix comfrey and DSMO to desolve them from the outside. NEVER take comfrey internal.
         I have had arthritis in my feet since I was 7, I am now 55. The nice thing with my arthritis is I never know which joint it will hit.
      Have you found that a weather front will effect you? I know that the changes in barometric pressure plays havoc with alot of arthritis victims.

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   Posted 7/21/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
SORRY TO HEAR about YOUR FEET I CAN RELATE TOTALLY. I HAVE RA AND NOW NO LONGER HAVE ANY CARTILAGE IN MY FEET NOR ANKLES.....THE THING THAT CHANGED MY LIFE 14 YEARS AGO (AS FAR AS MY FEET GO) WAS WHEN I WENT TO GET ORTHOTICS AND INSTEAD THE DR TOLD ME TO GO GET BIRKENSTOCK SHOES. THEY MAY NOT BE PRETTY TO SOME BUT I CAN STAND AND WALK ALOT FARTHER AND LONGER WITH THEM !!!
PS.....QVC SELLS THEM (TV SHOPPING CHANNEL) FOR SUPER BARGAINS IN PRETTIER OPTIONS THAN IVE EVER SEEN IN STORES.
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   Posted 7/21/2009 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, the weather really drives a lot of issues. We had some intense humidity here that was making me miserable. Upcoming rain is a nightmare. So, a lot of it is due to the pressure in the air.

I've had RA since childhood as well...my latest 'thing' is getting brusitis everywhere. <sigh> this disease just loves to keep you on your toes your whole life, doesn't it? sad
 


peggy baggins
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   Posted 7/31/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone, new to your chat.

I must say it's quite nice to hear that I'm not the only one with a painful foot or should I say heel, ankle etc. I've not worn enclosed shoes for over 15 months now as it's just too painful. I've had the scans and they show that the bones of my foot, ankle have started to crumble due to the AS I have.  It's not very common to get it in the feet they say.  I've been in pain 24/7 for all this time and on Humira, Methotrexate for my AS but it's not proven to help the foot matter, having said that the pains in my lower back are much improved. I'm starting Remicade in September and I hear this may be the answer.  An operation is out of the question as it would be so big.  They have to remove the muscle, tendons etc from my leg and foot, remove the odd bits of bone and re=attach.  This would mean 3 months off my feet, 3 months to walk again and they cant tell me if it would be successful!! So no way am I having that, I also don't heal well and with all my other medical problems and drugs I wont take the risk.

I've learnt to walk like an old lady and had two falls already resulting in trips to the hospital.  Having said that life's good and you just have to keep smiling... :-)

 


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   Posted 8/1/2009 1:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Peggy! Glad you found us. Many of us have found just mental satisfaction here finally learning that we are not alone.

I'm sorry to hear about the pain you've been in. I hope the Remicade is more effective in helping you than what you're currently taking. Do stay in touch and let us know how you are doing.
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   Posted 3/25/2012 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
For all who have trouble with walking because of RA, I was unable to walk until I got a pair of FitFlops not cheap fit flops but the brand name "
FitFlops" can be purchased at Sole Provisions, Footsmart, or Zappos. I am just so grateful I can walk with no pain it truly was a miracle, I hope this helps Anyone with feet problems. I wear them in the dead of winter, thankfully this winter was mild in New England.

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   Posted 3/27/2012 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Footsmart is good but on the expensive side...www.shoebuy.com has good shoes, sandals, flip flops and many many wide widths
as well...I can't take mtx pills but I can do the injection of mtx, has your doctor ever tried you
on the injectible mtx??? just wondering....and always do folic acid with mtx 4 hours before you do the
mtx you do the folic acid to help with side effects....
Many well wishes to you and sure hope your feeling better soon...
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   Posted 3/28/2012 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Yes, I have pain in all my joints but not in my back, thankfully.  My feet have hurt bad for many years.  I wear NewBalance shoes and cushioned sneakers otherwise.  I am used to the pain in my feet and still have good balance.  Walking on bare/socked feet hurts worse, so I try not to do that too often.  Someone stole my foot pads.  rolleyes   I'm to get a new pair of custom insoles/shoes this summer.  Yay!
 
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jeanneac
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   Posted 4/1/2012 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Nanners! Sorry your feet hurt so bad. I can identify. After all the inflammation in my colon these past few years, I developed RA. That seems to be the current problem for me. The only thing that has taken the pain away for me is low dose prednisone right now. Have you tried clogs or shoes that are heavily padded on the bottom?
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   Posted 4/5/2012 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
My tops and bottom of my feet hurt often. Different people may have different reasons or more than one causing the problem.

You can have arthrur in your toes or a form of myositis in the muscles of your feet, heavier weight can add pressure to swelling etc.
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