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Hi All

 

Speaking of pain in the feet, does anyone get this. My feet have been just plain weird for about 2 weeks now. When I get out of bed, it hurts which includes my heels right up to my ankles, just like its stretching itself whenever I walk, only it's not such a nice stretch. It's been happening every time I sit for any little amount of time. I get up and there it is again.I don't how to describe it any better. Does anyone get that weird thing happening or know what it could possibly be? Thanks.


Sending good wishes your way!

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Snowbird,

I have similar problems - was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. The best thing you can do is stretch your feet before you stand up and anytime you are sitting for any length of time just stick your leg out and stretch out your feet. A podiatrist would also be helpful.

 

Jill

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Hi,

 

I have had a burning sensation on the sole of both feet. It's been terribly painful for some time. But stretching? Could it be your tendons get brittle or stiff due to collagen deposits? Tendonitis of the foot?

 

I noticed shoes make all the difference. Arch support and cushioned soles definitely help in scaling down foot pain.

 

Sorry to hear you have these pains, hope it will go away soon.

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Hi Snowbird,

 

It's my understanding that anything scleroderma can do to your hands, it can do to your feet, so it's probably worth seeing your rheumatologist or a podiatrist to find out what's really going on.

 

I've lost all the fat pads on my feet, so they can be pretty tender, but it doesn't feel like what you describe. I do do (?!) stretching and strengthening exercises for both my hands and feet and I'm no fashion princess, but I do have a shoe 'thing'. They have to be flat heeled, well-fitting, and as Eos says, have good arch support and cushioned soles. Hmmm, where are the stiletto heels and pointed toes? Not in my closet! :lol:

 

Hugs and a free virtual foot massage,


Jeannie McClelland

(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services

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Hello.

 

My feet now are always hurting, and before the systemic scleroderma diagnosis, they started swelling, then becoming red and tender, and hurting all of the time. Now, after the diagnosis, they are extremely hardened, some skin has started to crust, and I am constantly applying creams and lotions.

 

Flip-flops and sandals are my answer to shoes. Wearing socks even hurt.

 

Kind regards,

HONEY

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I have ridiculously large feet to begin with, so finding comfortable shoes has always been a task. I wore a well known brand of healthy sandals for most of my life and then moved to this part of the West that is just stinking cold most of the time, so had to find another solution. I now have a number of shoes in an effort to find something I can tolerate. I have found that orthotics help, but also have several different versions, as not all are made the same and some feel better than others. I had a nerve conduction test and fortunately do not have nerve damage. I just have really tight, thick Achilles and the tendon that runs along the bottom of my foot. I now believe it is related to this disease. The foot problems started about 9 months before other symptoms started.

I also see a massage therapist who really hammers my feet once a week. It helps, and I believe it has prevented more damage to my feet from the Raynaud's. I now have her working on my hands!

 

Onward on the search for comfortable feet!

Jill

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It's awfully hard not to want to tally every symptom we have to scleroderma. In many cases, however, even when the cause of a particular pain is not scleroderma, the effects can be exacerbated by it, such as lack of flexibility in the tendons.

 

It is important that we bring up all symptoms that arise to the relevant doctors so we can get appropriate treatment, regardless of the cause. Some years back I had excruciating pain from plantar fasciitis. As it was explained by my podiatrist, the plantar fascia, which is fairly heavy duty connective tissue structure at the base of the foot, develops micro tears at the attachment points under the heels causing the pain. During rest, even sitting for an hour or so, the tears start to heal. Then when you stand, they tear again. I had to wear orthotic devices for 90 days whenever I put weight on my feet. Even in the shower I had to stand on a rolled handtowel to keep my arches in the same position.

 

I noticed that the orthotics were made by the same people who make the sandals Jill referred (can't mention brand names here) to so I switched over to them and wore nothing else until just recently. In the winter I wore the closed in versions, ugly as they were. I never had any more problem with the plantar fasciitis, but I too have lost the fat pads (it tends to happen to many people with age). Through the past two winters I have worn boots with sheepskin lining and the cushioning is wonderfully supportive and comfortable.


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

Carrie Maddoux

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