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Bottom of Feet Hurt as well as Heel Pain

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#1 Peggy


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Posted 17 November 2009 - 10:55 AM

In the last few months I've had a new development. The bottom of my feet hurt and I have horrible heel pain in my left heel. I brought this up at my last rheumatologist apt and he said I may need to see a podiatrist. I didn't think it was necessary but I may change my mind on that. I try to wear cushy slippers now in the house to add some padding.

Is this something others suffer from? Is this a sclero issue? My disease started with my feet and hands going tingly and then they went numb and I suffer with peripheral neuropathy. I'm wondering if this is a part of that also.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 11:05 AM

Hi Peggy,

I surely do empathize with you, as I'm sure there will be plenty of others who will too.

Yes, this well could be Sclero-related, but whether it is or isn't, it would be prudent of you to
follow your rheumatologist's suggestion about seeing a podiatrist, as this is in their field of expertise.

I'm not a doctor, as you well know, but you just might have some spurring going on in your heel.

At any rate, if you are re-thinking a visit to a podiatrist...that instinct you have must be a good thing
to follow!
My best to you and please keep us posted?
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 11:41 AM

Hi, Peggy -

Your foot pain might be plantar fasciitis, which my husband (who doesn't have sclero) suffers from. it causes him to have heel pain, and some bottom of the foot pain. A podiatrist was able to identify the problem for him and prescribe some simple treatments (like inserts in shoes and a soft foot brace while sleeping) which have really given him relief. Hope whatever is causing your pain is easily treatable!
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 02:14 PM

Hi Peggy,

I'm sorry you have foot pain and I heartily recommend you follow your rheumatologist's suggestion to see a podiatrist.

Regardless of the cause, whether it is from scleroderma or weight or aging or whatever, foot pain is always something that should be addressed. After all, not doing so can slow us down considerably on shopping excursions! :lol:

Anyway, I see a podiatrist, and use custom orthotics and high quality orthotic shoes. They may not be the world's fanciest shoes but for the price, they sure should be. There are retail shops that specialize in addressing foot problems. Once I finally got situated (and carefully broken in) with custom arch supports and well-fitted shoes (which allow ample space for my predilection for thick and cushioned socks), I was totally amazed how much pain relief I had. It reduced pain not only in my tender aching feet, but also in my legs and lower back, even preventing and relieving many attacks of sciatica, too.

This means that I can now rack up a much bigger bill at the craft/sewing stores. So, buyer beware....
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:23 AM

Hello Peggy

Foot pain was one of my first symptoms and unfortunately 2 years on still is. Mind you it is better than it was as most of the skin on the soles has softened but it's still an issue. See the podiatrist it may help and any help is better than no help.

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:31 AM

hello Peggy
There are a lot of people who have this symptom. There was a recent post on the same subject, and it seems we have a loss of padding in the soles of our feet. I advise you to see a podiatrist. Mine has referred me onto a specialist to have impressions made of my feet so they can make special moulded insoles.

The soles of my feet feel like they are bruised and are very tender.

I hope you get some relief and answers soon, as you don't need any additional pain on top of everything else you have to live with!
best wishes