What do you do for hurting feet

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Statgeek
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   Posted 2/27/2009 10:51 PM (GMT -7)   
The info I found on the web doesn't apply to us.  Nothing seems to work.  Feet burn all the time.  Shoes don't make any difference.  I even have birks.  Some shoes just hurt less than others!  When in foot pain, what do you do to help?
Sue

tyno3
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   Posted 2/28/2009 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Earth Shoes. Walmart. Slip on clogs. First thing in morning slip feet into these as they have proper arch support. Also, rub feet with moisturizer when you rub your hands before bed. If your nails appear yellowish, you may have a fungus infection. Use any antifungal cream, and spray inside of shoes with Micatin (sp?) spray for athlete's foot. We are so susceptible to every type of protozoan, fungal, and bacterial infections. I usally have at least one going on at all times. I just got over a course of super anti-biotics, due to lung and bladder invasion. Lucky us, huh? Also, beware of walking in bare feet over floors that folks have walked on with outside footware. Good Luck

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leemadd
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   Posted 2/28/2009 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I soak my feet in warm water with epson salt.Then wrap in a damp cool towel. I take a tennis ball and roll it around under my feet. This is one of my hugest problems. It is hard because somedays nothing works and being bare foot makes it worse. Good Luck

LeeAnn

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   Posted 2/28/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
My feet Kill me a lot of the time!!! The advice yo got from Tyno & Lee Ann was basically what I would have recommended. My ankles hurt alot too.. anyone have any advice for that???
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tyno3
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   Posted 2/28/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I find either ice packs wrapped in elasto plast bandage or voltaren rub or emu oil rub and then wrap loosely with elastic bandage helps. Ice is hard for me to stand, so personally, I prefer the other. Also elevate.

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Baloo
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   Posted 2/28/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I use aspracream or arnica, I go thru a tube of that at least every 2 weeks.   My feet hurt in bed when I sleep and my ankles throb thru the night.  My Chiropractor says all my problems are coming from my feet, so I went and got the inserts did everything he told me and yeah.. I don't think so.  shocked    My question is does anyone else out there have trouble where even their cloths hurt to wear?

GamJill
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   Posted 2/28/2009 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sue-

When I first got fibro, I could not even take a shower, because the water beating down on my feet hurt too bad! I switched to comfortable shoes, would soak in a warm bath, and let time pass and the horrible pain finally went away. I still get pain in my feet on and off- but mine is more numbness now. Wish I could offer more advice-

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tyno3
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   Posted 2/28/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have found these angora socks that feel really great on my feet. I wear only soft cotton or flannel, clothing. If it isn't comfortable, I don't wear it. My jeans are baggy, so what. In summer I wear light cotton (soft) t-shirts and a roomy jumper. No stockings. And of course, my earth shoes. I have to cut labels off clothing or they drive me bonkers.

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Corinne44
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   Posted 2/28/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
When my feet feel like that I wear Crocs and it really helps.

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   Posted 2/28/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
My chiro does the majority of the work on my feet. He does tons of stretching and massage of my feet and the lower legs which are often involved also. I have also had ultra-sound and Graston therapy done. At home I wear good supportive shoes all day long. I stretch my foot every morning and throughout the day if needed. He told me to first pull(stretch) the big toe towards my body and hold, then the other toes, then all the toes and finally the foot. It can hurt but has helped me tremedously. I have also used the tennis ball and even a rolling pin under my foot. Moist heat helps also. Good luck. Maybe you might want to talk to a chiro or foot doctor about the problems you are having.     Lisa

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Statgeek
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   Posted 2/28/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
For ankle pain, stretching the calf on stairs works some for me. Foot doc says my feet are completely normal. I read on the internet that fibromites frequently have neuroma in the feet. Anyone have that?

For clothing, I always buy soft fabrics and nothing that is close to my neck. My clothes are a little baggy, too.

Has anyone tried those compression socks? Can epsom salt be put in the hot tub?

Off to the store soon for some of these things you all listed.

Sue

Sherrine
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   Posted 2/28/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
When my feet are really bad, I never walk barefooted.  That seems to aggravate it more.  I massage my feet and use moist heat on them and that seems to help.  When I get foot pain, it usually will last several months and then start to ease up.
 
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Statgeek
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   Posted 2/28/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Really? It might ease up? I think I aggravated my feet in May in Italy. Now I have to use a cane if I am going to do a lot of walking. I am going to a conference in April and will have to take the cane. I might take it with me next Friday, I am going to Napa State Hospital and other places in Napa for my internship.

You really think there is a possibility it won't be like that for always?
Sue

Sherrine
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   Posted 2/28/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I do...at least that's what's happened to me.  Massage is good and heat helped me.  Don't go barefoot and wear good shoes all the time...ones with good support that is.  I got my most comfortable Birkenstocks out and used them all day and all evening long.  Even when I would get up in the middle of the night, I slid my feet into the Birkenstocks to walk to the bathroom. 
 
I've had bad foot pain and even swelling of my foot.  This has happened twice and twice it got better.  My last foot problem started last July and ended in January.  I felt like I was walking on a rock in my shoe.  It was very uncomfortable but it's gone now.
 
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julieleaps
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   Posted 2/28/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I definitely have neuropathy in my feet. Lately, it's been bad, where they vibrate all day, and by evening they are burning up. I confess, I go barefoot at this point: walking on my hardwood floor and my kitchen floor feels nice and cool. I probably should be wearing shoes during the day, but I usually just wear slipper socks. My feet are one of my biggest complaints. For me, it's due (in part, at least) to nerve damage from the spinal cord compression at C5-7.
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jewelrylady
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   Posted 3/1/2009 12:06 AM (GMT -7)   
When I get burning pain & just can't wear shoes & so I found Coke bottles partially filled with water & frozen work well.  I lay the bottles on the floor & roll them back & forth under my feet, it kinda massages them but I never do this when my feet are already cold.  When my feet start cramping up soak them or massage my feet.  Sometimes the massage will hurt even more but I can work the charley horse out that way. 
 
Clothes I wear very loose when I am flaring because my skin is so sensitive.  I like soft & cozy clothes nothing scratchy at all.  Somedays my bra is my worst enemy & I can't wait to get home to get rid of it. 
 
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dolphinfire
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   Posted 3/1/2009 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
ICY hot works for me, but if your having burning that probably wont help. I also like those foot soaks with the messagers built in. They are great. My doctor prescibed special inserts for my shoes because I have bunions also. Good luck.
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hope4
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   Posted 3/1/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been following this thread, and it is interesting that some have mentioned wearing loose clothing. Some people comment that my clothes are baggy - I just am so uncomfortable with anything tight or snug. At least I don't feel so alone now!
My feet hurt a lot too. Massage helps a lot. Sometimes my feet just feel tense, if that is possible. soaking helps too.

Baloo
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   Posted 3/1/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad to hear about the clothes. I lost 70lbs thinking it would help my fibro, although it helped my mental image my fibro didn't care, but it sure made a difference in how the doctors talk to me, which is really sad. So my family teases me about wearing baggy clothes now that I lost the weight but ya know I am with you Denise, I can't wait to get home and remove the bra too!

Statgeek
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   Posted 3/1/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   

So, I went to Target and looked for arnica and emu oil and some other stuff.  Must go to the vitamin store for malic acid.  Earth shoes were mostly sandals, so I am going to wait.  They are about as comfortable as my Pr!vos, but less expensive. 

The pharmacist told me not to use arnica on my feet.  When I asked why, she shrugged and said, "I guess I never thought of it."  That answer was not satisfactory to me, so I pressed.  She said your feet could hurt for a variety of reasons blah blah blah, so I told her I had fibro.  She became nicer and said that the feet sweat and the med could get in my feet deeper and become toxic.  The other stuff  . . . um votaren, is prescription.  I should talk to my doc about meds cuz there is new stuff out for fibro, etc.  I left without the arnica and a little cranky at the pharmacist. 

Did get a tennis ball and epsom salts and have been wearing shoes. 

Sherrine, did your endurance increase, too?  Is it possible that I could walk through disneyland without a wheelchair? We are going in May.  1st Las Vegas, 2nd Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam, 3rd, Disneyland.  Then again, maybe by Disneyland, I will need the chair.  I guess no one will know til we try it. 

Sue


Sherrine
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   Posted 3/1/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue, I do pretty good at walking now but I'm not sure if I could go all day at Disneyland.  I tried Busch Gardens about six years ago and was at the point of sheer exhaustion.  It wasn't my feet but my fatigue that did me in.
 
Today is chilly and I had an all day trip.  I have one pair of closed toe shoes and they are not Birkenstocks.  In December I wanted to wear those shoes on another trip but my feet were so bad that those shoes were too painful.  But today they were totally comfortable because my feet are all better.  Now, how long they will stay that way is anyone's guess.
 
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Lindaloo
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   Posted 3/1/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, this thread has done wonders for me. I never realized there were so many other fibro-friends that suffered from foot pain. I was beginning to wonder if the feet pain was really from the fibro. Now I know! My feet just kill! Deep pain and throbbing throughout the feet and the ankles. Hot soaks with hot hot water really helps me. Taking percocet helps me too. I can no longer walk or stand for any length of time. I feel quite debilitated and it scares me.

But thank you for all your responses. They were very helpful to me. By the way, I only wear crocs on my feet. They are the only shoes that don't usually hurt my feet. I would try birks but they are just so darn ugly hehehehehe!! Sorry birk wearers!!

Thanks for letting me share!

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   Posted 3/1/2009 11:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue,
If you are going to try the mag/malic acid, start slowly. Some people get D from the magnesium in it. I've been taking it for a while and I think it is helping.

There's a yoga pose that helps sometimes. You lie down and put your legs up on a wall. Your butt is against the wall so your legs are at a 90 degree angle. Depending on your flexibility and pain, it can be a difficult position to get into. On bad days, I lie on the floor and my husband lifts my legs until they are at 90 degrees then moves close so that my legs are resting on his body. It helps feet and legs after a lot of walking and it's very relaxing. You hold the pose until you feel restless or uncomfortable.

The Grand Canyon is amazing, have a great time.
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