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couchtater
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   Posted 9/6/2016 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
My arthritis is beginning to affect my feet. the tennis shoes that has always been comfortable and loose enough are becoming tight and uncomfortable.

I noticed I'm getting knots on the joints on my toes.

So it's time to find a better shoe with a bigger toe box I guess.

What kind of shoes do you wear to help your feet?
Joy
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BadDay
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   Posted 9/6/2016 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy Oh I hear you, Shoes are the Devils work turn
I haven't worn a pair of "normal" shoes for years
I have a pair of Nike I think they are air zoom Hubby got them for me at an opp shop they were 2nd hand but never worn, and they are Great I wear them if ever I have to go anywhere I am walking any distance as they are supportive But also Soft spongy soles.
otherwise I have Rivers Barefoot Shoes they have a soft gel fill sole and are relatively cheap
I no longer can wear Any shoe with a heal or a flat sole it needs to be cushioned.
even the sox I get are diabetic sox and cushioned foot
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couchtater
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   Posted 9/6/2016 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I loved my present shoes because they are supportive and thick soled with lots of cushioning. I have to wear thin nylon socks because if they have any texture inside it feels like thousands of needles due to my fibromyalgia.

I may just have to loosen the strings more. I hope that's it.
Joy
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When life throws you lemons....
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Alice22
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   Posted 9/7/2016 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been wearing Easy Spirit walking shoes for years and they are still very comfortable. I just replace the same ones every couple of years. My podiatrist also recommended the Ecco shoe a few years ago; he said it had a wide box. I bought a pair and they are also pretty comfortable. Also after a lot of trial and error I found a pair of Easy Spirit sandals that are comfortable. Maybe you can try a wide size? That helps me sometimes. Shoes are so difficult; I hang on to mine as long as I can because I hate shopping for shoes.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2005 and rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. On Remicade since 2005 for both diseases. For UC tried sulfasalazine, Lialda, colazal and others which made me ill. Started 50 mg. Imuran July 2015. Use peppermint oil capsules and Bentyl which help during a flare and with IBS symptoms.

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couchtater
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   Posted 9/8/2016 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I have wide feet already. Curse from my father.
Shoes were already tough to find for me before this, thus the tennis shoes.

I'm going to the rheumatologist in a bit to discuss this new development.
Joy
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Alice22
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   Posted 9/8/2016 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck. Let us know what he recommends.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2005 and rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. On Remicade since 2005 for both diseases. For UC tried sulfasalazine, Lialda, colazal and others which made me ill. Started 50 mg. Imuran July 2015. Use peppermint oil capsules and Bentyl which help during a flare and with IBS symptoms.

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couchtater
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   Posted 9/8/2016 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
He started mashing on my toes which brought tears to my eyes.
He said, are you crying? I hate to see your spirit so broken.

My spirit wasn't broken, but it sure felt like my toes were!

Well, I hobbled away from his office with tramadol and predisone.
He told me not to get like that again and to call if I'm in that much pain again.

Now I need to be careful of my blood sugar for the next few weeks while I'm on the predisone. Sigh.....
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Alice22
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   Posted 9/9/2016 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
What is wrong with your doctor? That was a strange thing to do and say!! I wonder if a podiatrist or another kind of doctor could help - in the meantime I hope the tramadol and pred. helps with the pain.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2005 and rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. On Remicade since 2005 for both diseases. For UC tried sulfasalazine, Lialda, colazal and others which made me ill. Started 50 mg. Imuran July 2015. Use peppermint oil capsules and Bentyl which help during a flare and with IBS symptoms.

Caregiver for mother with Alzheimer's Disease (for Alz. forum)

Chartreux
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   Posted 9/10/2016 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll be getting a steroid injection soon as my feet are so big, doc said part was from the RA, part was from ademia not sure where the water is coming from that I'm retaining, but he tried me on pred and that worked and now for an injection. The injection usually gives me 4 to 7 weeks of help and right now before my daughters wedding I need it that much. Your doctor needs to run a kidney function bloodwork to make sure its not coming from that before he did the pred...My bloodwork was normal. So I'm cleared for the injection...

couchtater
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   Posted 9/10/2016 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
He thought I was crying from emotional distress. The last time he saw me I was under a lot of stress and broke down in his office about being tired of being sick all the time.

I'm usually very controlled with my emotions in my doctor's office, but that time it was too much. That's why he thought my spirit was broken.

This time I cried due to him hurting me so much.

I can't change doctors due to there only being 4 rheumatologists near me and three are partners and one is one I left due to incompetence. I'm kind of stuck with him. He's a good doctor, but his bedside manner is a little odd.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Alice22
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   Posted 9/10/2016 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Well at least you have faith in him - that is important. I'm in the same boat - only one other rheumatology practice in the area and they don't take my insurance. I like my doctor except he's getting old and keeps cancelling appointments! Almost every appointment I have with him has to be rescheduled for some reason.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2005 and rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. On Remicade since 2005 for both diseases. For UC tried sulfasalazine, Lialda, colazal and others which made me ill. Started 50 mg. Imuran July 2015. Use peppermint oil capsules and Bentyl which help during a flare and with IBS symptoms.

Caregiver for mother with Alzheimer's Disease (for Alz. forum)

CA-Lynn
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   Posted 9/14/2016 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Here's a thought: the minute the doctor's touch creates pain, just tell him, "You're hurting me," and pull the body part away.

That ought to make it clear why there are tears.

Seashell
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   Posted 9/16/2016 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello I have a new suggestion for you. My doc referred me to an orthotic clinic. They made a cast of each foot (be prepared that was very painful as they have to mash your foot into the mold). But then a customized orthotic insert is made for you! I bought a pair of stiff sole Mary Janes that the insert was exchanged into. These are the only shoes I can wear. I've been very happy with them. Is there such a place near you. I had to pay for the shoes $$ but insurance covered the orthotic inset since it was ordered by my doc.

couchtater
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   Posted 9/16/2016 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
There probably is a place. There's several pharmacies around who do specialty shoes in the area.

Since the predisone round and tramadol I can wear my tennis shoes again. My feet are still tender to the touch but my shoes don't hurt me anymore.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))
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