My feet get sore when I exercise

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hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 8/10/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I know I am overweight and have high arches, but exercise is one of the few things that keeps many symptoms in check.

Any advice on dealing with plantar fasciitis etc?

I've been to a few doctors and they all make me buy expersive inserts that suck and also come at me with a cortisone shot that at this point do no good.

Anyone ever get rid of their sore feet? HOW?

I'm off of antibiotics now and was on for nearly a year. I developed the plantar fasciitis in the middle of treatement so the antibioitics didn't help this symptom -- for me. I tested negative for all co-infections and positive for two lyme bands.
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Nicky D
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   Posted 8/10/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi hopingtofindacure

I have been dealing with various foot and ankle problems for going on two years. For me, I'm fairly sure it was caused by Lyme. Lyme likes to sit on tendon coverings, and caused inflammation and pain.

I can give you some help for standard plantar fascitis. If it is Lyme causing it, these won't help much, but if it isn't Lyme, then these are very helpful.

1st) Get orthotics- but get ones made by a reputable guy. I got a referral from a doctor to my person, so I knew he was good. Going to see a sports med doctor can also be helpful- if your insurance covers it. They can evaluate your foot, and how you walk, to see if there are problems there, and they can give the orthotic-maker (sorry, forgotten the correct term) specific info on how to make the orthotic. I know they are expensive, but trust me, they are worth it!

2nd) Start swimming. You cannot get rid of plantar fascitis if you are still walking, and stressing the tendons in your foot. It sucks, but it you don't take a break now, you could have this for years (I have a friend who tried to keep walking). If it hurts- don't do it. Biking may be ok as well, but swimming is one of the best erxercises there is. Things like pilates are ok, but the exersizes that involve standing up can still be hard on you. I cannot stress enough how important REST is.

3) Buy good shoes, and wear them all the time. When you get orthotics, wear them all the time too (once you've broken them in). THis means at home. Standing around in slippers/crocs/bare feet is really hard on your feet. Get some good runners, with good arch supports, and wear them as much as you posible can

4) Stretch. Everything is connected- hamstrings, glutes, calves, feet. So stretch your legs as much as you can. To stretch your foot (gently), extend your leg straight in front of you, and twist your foot around in circles (so it goes from fully flex, to pointed). If it hurts, bend your leg a little, or don't flex your foot as hard. You want it to stretch, not hurt.

5) Anti-iflammatories. Once you have plantar fascitis, you get into an inflmatio cycle. Your tendon is stressed, so it gets inflamed, and the inflammation makes it hurt more, which makes it get more inflamed...
BUT-there are two problems. 1) If it is Lyme, NSAID's will not help. 2) If you are female, than something like 20% of the standard NSAID's will not work on you- and your doctor will not know which will work, and which won't. So, if you don't notice a difference, switch NSAID's. And if you've gone through a bunch, then they probably won't help. I've been through everything from Naproxen, to Arthrotec and even Celebrex. Advil worked the best out of them all, but in the end, none of them really helped. You also have to weigh the side effects agains the possible benefits. I refused to take the Celebrex because of the side effects.

6) Physical Theraphy. They will help you with the healing, but they will also help you start back on regular activities without making the plantar fascitis come back.

I know how frustrating this can be. The trick is to NOT try to work past it or ignore it. Deal with it aggresively now, and you can get rid of it a lot faster.

Good luck!

Amy C
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   Posted 8/10/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok I am overweight too but when I started having feet problems I was exercising and about 70 lbs less. So I knew it wasn't from that.

You might want to look into Bartonella? I thought I had plantar fasciitis too but it turns out it is Bart. I don't have a solution for dealing with it though.

I can't exercise for many reasons but when I do walk I have to wear really good shoes. I like the Curves tennis shoes from Avon. They are super comfy!! I actually sell Avon but that is not why I told you. I just think they work. Other then that I just deal with the pain everyday :(
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hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 8/10/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I test negative for all co-infections.

Thanks for the responses.

Laying down and resting makes it worse so it is plantar fasciitis -- and morton's neuroma tossed in. If Lyme caused it so be it, there's no cure so I have to deal with this thing.

Swimming -- believe it or not -- at least the form I'm doing -- finning drives it nuts. So that is definitely out since my arthritic shoulder would flair as well.

Well, exercise was helping with all my Lyme crap. It was my last hope. I hope this subsides and I can find a doctor -- not a tasmanian devel type who whirls in with cortisone and plans for operating -- a real honest to God doctor who can help. I sure need it today.
Bit June 08.


not again
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   Posted 8/10/2009 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have just started exericse again I have done about 30min a day for the lasy 3 days. My feet are killing me!I guess it may just be because i have not done this much in years, but I guess it could be from the lyme. I never had feet problems before. Not sure.

Razzle
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   Posted 8/11/2009 5:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Not Again,

If you went from no exercise to 30 min./day that is probably too big a jump to make. I'd strongly recommend cutting back to 5-10 minutes 3x/week to start with. Then you can slowly increase as you tolerate it.

Alternatively, it might be good to consult with a physical therapist or sports medicine specialist who has experience dealing with people with disabilities and/or who are deconditioned due to chronic illness...they can customize an exercise routine for you based on your abilities and current level of conditioning.

Good luck,
-Razzle
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   Posted 8/11/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Here's my experience with sore feet. Never had a problem until I got Lyme in 03 actually I have had Lyme for almost 20 years but the 3rd bite in 03 is when my feet began to get sore.... After I got educated about Lyme and co-infections I believed the soreness was from Bartonella. My llmd felt that bart does not necessarily cause foot soreness. No matter how I tried to tell him that others who have bart have the same issue he still said no--not from bart but he didn't know what it was from...I have been treating for Lyme, Babs and bart for 2 1/2 years.I had been treating specifically for bart since September and no change in my soreness. HOWEVER....................

Last month out of desperation because I gained 35 lbs for no reason at all and my fibro symptoms were at an all time high in spite of all my Lyme treatment ...After I googled my symptoms I began to feel that my thyroid might be the issue---I decided to raise my very low dose of thyroid meds (armour). I did it gradually after speaking with my LLMD and low and behold the foot soreness is getting better slowly. In addition I am beginning to lose weight, no longer bloated, do not sweat any or get hot flashes day and night and the fibro pains of shoulder, head and neck have 90% left me. I am amazed and am wondering if many of the residual symptoms I blamed on Lyme and co-infections were not due to thyroid issues. Time will tell. I am on my 5th week of the higher level of meds which is 2 1/2 times what I was taking. I will stay on this till I see my LLMD in September.Actually I haven't felt this good in a very long time.

I tell you this because maybe you need to have your thyroid checked if you have not already. Lyme caused me to get Hashimoto's (HYPOTHYROID).The funny thing is that sometimes the test levels will say you are fine, but you actually do need meds. The literature on armour says that a knowlegable doctor will dose by symptoms and not tests!!!!Does that sound familliar?????????

Blessings
Diagnosed 2003 Lyme, Babesia, Bartonella, Micoplasma,Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Have had since early nineties.

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not again
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   Posted 8/11/2009 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Razzle, I did probly start with a little to much. I was just so excitied that I was able to do anything after so long. It felt good to do it. I think I will cut back a little . Thanks.

hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 8/11/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Not again -- Please make sure you're doing your stretches after exercising -- not before. You may have overdone it a tad.

I have some GREAT news to report today. I took someone's advice above and took it easy -- taking a three day hiatus.

Last night, out of desperation, I got a big pillow put it behind my legs and slept on my back for most of the night.

I awakened and stretched and stretched before my feet hit the floor and lo' and behold- I felt pretty dern good.

Thanks everyone. I'm headed back to the gym again because I think losing weight will help my energy level.

BTW, the blood test for my thyroid was normal.

Do I need to take another test. I'm sluggish, have cracklin' joints, etc. (Lyme stuff but it could be my thyroid too.)
Bit June 08.


hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 8/11/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
BTW, sleeping on my back also helped my neck. Can you believe that???

I'm always SO amazed when something works.

Are you guys like that too?
Bit June 08.


CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/11/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Minerals,

I admire what you did with your thyroid but I don't think the foot pain we are experiencing is from thyroid problems. I have been having low thyroid for about 10 years and now have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's. I have never had foot pain until I started treatment for Lyme.

Of course, that is just my experience but I do think the foot pain comes from Bart.
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hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 8/11/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Minerals,



According to Dr. Google, there appears to be some overlapping in symptoms (Lyme vs. thyroid issues)...

Check this site out www.thyroid-info.com/articles/muscle-joint-pain.htm

So it is possible that your treatment for thyroid helped the tarsal tunnel pain.


I'm still taking it easy but did switch the bike -- well I always do the bike. Just 20 minutes.

And I tried the treadmill and it hurt. So that's was not a go.

CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/11/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't wait until I can do the treadmill again. I miss exercising.

Hoping, how long did it take for you to exercise again? Or did you always exercise?

I will check that link out that you posted.
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/11/2009 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Very interesting article! And YES.....there seems to be foot pain caused by thyroid problems. In my case though, my foot pain did not start until after treatment.

Thanks for posting that Hoping!
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hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 8/11/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
thyroid.about.com/b/2004/10/21/fifteen-ways-to-fight-heel-pain-2.htm


One more link! Even though it is on the thyroid site, it's still excellent advice!


CajunGrl, I was a chicken about exercising; but my weight ballooned up so much because of my basic fears about my neck and headaches and hurting myself, that I felt I was much too frail.

One day while visiting my ailing dad (stage 4 cancer), he asked me to go the gym with him.

Ok, piece of cake. He's stage 4 and I'm frail, I can do this.


Well, no joke, he's in better shape than me. And he's nearly 80. And when we walked in, the manager thought I was his wife, not his daughter.

SO, my dad encouraged me to do what he did. Following his lead, I did what he did -- and to my surprise I felt better than I had in a long while since developing tension headaches.

My dad's cancer is shrinking -- he thinks because of exercise -- and everytime I go to the gym, i hear a similar story. I had this. I had that. And doctors be !#@$ed, I don't want their surgery, medication, 100s of office visits, etc.

Not saying exercise cures us. But it is worth a try!

I went at it too quick that's obvious, because I wanted the results everyone else was getting. But plantar fasciitis makes me slow it down. I have to be able to actually exercise you know!!! So, I'm stretching.

Just take it slow, slow slow...maybe walk the perimeter of your yard for the first week or two. You may regress, you may move forward. But Dr. B's guidelines, strongly suggest strength building of some sort or another. And my dad is proof of that! He lifts a lot for his age. And can sit in the sauna (even though I wish he wouldn't due to an ailing heart in addition to all this!)

Check with the doctor though! They always say you should. Just call and say, I'm walking and they most likely will say great.

CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/11/2009 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for that Hoping. What a wonderful story about you and your dad. It gives us hope, like in your name, hehe.

I've been feeling a little better these past couple of days and I've been saying I need to move around more because my muscles are weak. I think I may try a little walking tomorrow if I still feel good.
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