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Joan M
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   Posted 4/21/2007 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Have any of you ever had pain on the top of your foot?  It is acting up a lot lately.  Feels like a dropped a heavy book or other object on it. Maybe it is arthritis since I do have that in knees, etc.  It hurts when I am standing or walking and is relieved when I am sitting or lying down.  Will be making an appointment with the orthopedic doc but want your input.  Thank you.

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 4/21/2007 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Arthritis knows no bounds.It goes in all the joints...........
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   Posted 4/21/2007 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband does, but hasn't had it checked out. Of course, then he really DID drop a 5 pound block on it and it hasn't been the same since! sad   Is it possible it is in the nueroma area or a corn? The metatarsil part of the foot is such an entaglement of 'stuff' (the medical term!) that I would not be surprised if support in your shoes could help it?
 
I would have it checked out. I would suggest seeing a podietrist, someone who specializes in the feet - but, maybe a good orthopedic would work just as well.
 
good luck.
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Joan M
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   Posted 4/22/2007 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, yes I am already wearing inserts and I see a podiatrist every six weeks and will discuss with her as well as the orthopedic doc.

Boo
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   Posted 4/24/2007 1:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had the very same pain, Joan. I've been through soooo many different kinds of shoes to no avail. I finally found some that help my feet not hurt so bad. Chaco. I got two pair at Westies Shoes and ordered another from Zappos.com. They have the best arch support and my feet don't kill at the end of the day. Boo

Joan M
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   Posted 5/4/2007 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
hi, the podiatrist said it is metartarsalgia. She taped it up and I will be going 2 times a week for a while. I am so glad that I will be getting some help. Thanks everybody for writing me. Sometimes I feel really alone with my health problems and the forum helps a lot.

checkym
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   Posted 5/5/2007 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Joan M. I'm new onto the site today and spotted your note. I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis for 2 years now. My first symtems were 3 years ago with pain on the top of my foot near my toes. Since then it has worsened incredibly and inflamation has taken hold and deformed my feet. I sincerely hope this is not the case for you but thought you should be aware as I argued with all sorts of doctors for a year before a diagnosis was made. Good luck!

Joan M
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   Posted 5/5/2007 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
gee checkym, I sure hope that this is the correct diagnoses. It does feel better taped up but it is a pain. I have to wear a plastic bag in shower, do exercises, etc. But it will be worth it if the pain goes away.

Joan M
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   Posted 5/11/2007 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Pain has gotten considerably better. Good things can happen and wanted you to know that I am not in pain any longer though I need to have taping done, etc.

checkym
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   Posted 5/11/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
great news. I am pleased for you. I hope I can post some good news soon. I have started the green lipped NZ mussels. They smell and taste revolting but its worth a good try. Chat to you soon
Checkym


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   Posted 5/12/2007 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear you're better Joan. I've got similar pain, but the answer for me is that it's tendonitis. All the tendons acros the top of my foot are inflammed and hurting. I got some cotisone injections the other day, but I fell that evening and twisted my foot. Of course the fall made it all worse than ever. I'll have to give it some extra time to settle down.
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SkyDancer
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   Posted 5/12/2007 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
The two most common causes of this type of pain are either a stress fracture or tendentious of a metatarsal tendon. The primary cause of of this condition is over pronation. That can be controlled with insoles. Other factors that can contribute to top of foot pain. Ganglions, sacs of jelly-like fluid that develop following a leak in the joint capsule, commonly form on the top of the foot, and can also contribute to top of foot pain. Morton’s neuroma,is an inflammation of the common digital nerve between adjacent toes on the bottom of the foot, can sometimes cause top of foot pain. If you have hammer toes, a condition that causes your toes to appear crooked or misshapen, can contribute to top of foot pain. A sprained foot and other more severe conditions can also result in top of foot pain. Ice can be applied for pain control and to decrease inflammation and insoles should be warn to provide extra longitudinal support and cushioning.

Metatarsialgia is pain in the ball of the foot..not pain on top of the foot. The word is derived from the fact that the metatarsal bones make up the ball of the foot, and the suffix -algia added to the end of a word is the Greek word for pain. Hence, metatarsal + algia = metatarsalgia (metatarsal pain).

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   Posted 5/24/2007 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone know a sure way to differentiate between tendonitis and a stress fracture. I'm pretty sure I have tendonitis, but it doesn't seem to be improving. Nine days ago, I developed pain in the top of my foot after running in flat, non-supportive shoes (dumb, dumb, dumb). It hurt for a while and then stopped unless I tried to run. Now it hurts most of the time, most noticeably when I walk barefoot. I can squeeze the front of my foot from both sides, pull on my toes, and even stand on my toes on my "bad" foot without pain, but it definitely hurts when I push off when walking. I've tried icing, a compression bandage and anti-inflammatories. The icing with the anti-inflammatories do the trick for a couple of hours, but then the pain is back. A compression bandage just seems to make it hurt worse....I've had metatarsalgia before and this is very different. That was in the bottom of my foot. (The trick for getting rid of the metatarsalgia was to wear wide-toe, low-heeled shoes .... went away and hasn't come back since.)

Thanks for any info you might have.
CJ

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   Posted 5/25/2007 3:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, I noticed your post about foot pain.  Not sure what you dx is but, this is where all my trouble started.  At the top of both feet.  It is RA for me, the inflammation is amazing.  I actually now have two large golf ball like things on the top of both my feet.  When it started it happened at the same time.  They did a bone scan and this is how they diagnosed the RA.  Of course years later I am having more trouble with more joints but just wanted you to be aware of other possibilities.
 
Theresa
dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Duration: 10yrs. Dx'ed 2006.  Asthma, hypertension, hypothyroid
 
Meds: Methotrexate 25mg wkly, Prednisone 15mg, Enbrel 50mg wkly, Arava 20mg, Folic Acid, Fish Oils, Ultram 50mg TID,  Advair 250/50, Diovan HCT 160mg/25mg QD, Women's One a Day, tylenol PRN.
 
 


Keah
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   Posted 5/25/2007 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
CJ, I know my pain is from tendonitis because I can literally feel the pain in the tendons as I stretch and flex my foot. If the pain is in deeper, it could be a stress fracture. It's probably time to see a Podiatrist about it.

I had foot pain years ago and found that high heels relieved the pain. After 3 weeks of living in heels, I finally went to have an x-ray. Although I had no swelling or bruising, I had smashed a bone on the side of my foot. It was just a little "extra" bone that shouldn't be there, but boy was that painful!
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friendlygal
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   Posted 7/18/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I have TERRIBLE metatarsalgia, yet the podiatrist didn't tape me foot.  How is this taping done??  NOTHING relieves my pain, it is SO, SO terrible. I probably have a stress fracture.  How do I tape my foot?

Joan M
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   Posted 7/20/2008 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
actually friendlygal...take a look at the foot section in your drugstore. there are some amazing things there and the prices are quite reasonable. i bought something and showed it to the doc and she said go ahead and try it. it was less that $10 and it is helpful. i think it is called an arch support.

i had an achilles heel and found the solution to be a $2 foot gel pad. my doctor didn't even know about that but i am sure that it helped me a lot. it was the only thing i used. do you have a friendly pharmacist who can advise you a bit on their selection of stuff.

hope you feel better soon.

friendlygal
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   Posted 7/20/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks, Joan M. I have at least 3 conditions (and might even have 4)...What happened to me was, I had an awful drug reaction so I was crippled for months.   Once I could walk a bit again, two specialists told me that I needed to train my body every day to walk again and move as much as possible.  So, I walked every day (30 minutes, once or twice each day).  I also swam every day.  I really worked hard to move so that I wouldn't be stiff anymore...One day, I also jogged in place (like a grannie, without moving my legs in full motion, but as much as I could do), I wasn't wearing any shoes nor socks!  So, not having the proper support, plus going from crippled to exercising every day, damaged my feet terribly (much more my left foot)...

I have lately been diagnosed with tendinitis (achilles -- although that has already gotten better so this was the easier diagnosis), plantar fascitis, AND metatarsalgia...The worst of the 3 for me is metatarsalgia.  It is so bad that feel like my toes are going to dislocate and this condition IS a predislocation syndrome for some!!  ALSO, since it has escalated to feeling constant burning, I probably ALSO have morton's neuroma!!

I have since bought tape and taped up my left foot, AND it's the ONLY way that I can walk at all!

 


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   Posted 7/21/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I have Ra, and the tops of my feet hurt so bad. Also, the bottoms of my feet would feel like the toes and heel were trying to curl toward each other. This only happens when I am standing in shower or stand still for a short period, whereas pain on op of feet would start anytime. It is better now that I have started Enbrel. My pain is contibuted to RA. In 2000, I went to a podoiatrist and he wrapped my feet...didn't work, so I think I have had RA since then. I was dxed August, 2007. Hope you find relief.

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   Posted 6/5/2014 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm responding after reading this thread about the foot pain you all are experiencing. In particular friendly gal...I have severe pain in balls of my feet...after walking for a distance its pretty unbearable. Seem to be in a flare since starting Enbrel 3 weeks ago which is helping my hands so I'm hoping there is no connection to the foot pain. I am also on Imuran which has helped with the pain. I do wear some gel insoles, comfy shoes etc...but need more.
I guess I should look into the taping which was suggested. Will check that out. Thanks all. Sharron
Sharronc...Rheumatoid Arthritis...looking for relief and hope we all find some!
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