I fell down a flight of stairs about 2 years or so ago and sprained my right foot and the swelling never completely went away. Last winter all of a sudden my foot decided to swell terribly and the pain is horrible. I was then diagnosed with OA and the Rheummy said don't bother coming back as there is nothing I can do...no PT, nothing. He advised against surgery because of the long recovery time and the fact it does not always work on the foot. He said my foot is completely flat - arch is gone and he did not think it could get much worse and suck it up. Well, it has gotten worse as now the side of my foot is very swollen and painful also (a searing pain) even when lying down which before I had relief when I was lying down. My foot is worse when I first stand up and walk and the pain becomes bearable although I still limp a bit after I have been walking a bit i.e., around the store, etc.
I am miserable and keep getting bigger and bigger size shoes as the foot swells. Would anyone have any suggestions?? Thank you.
I have had mild arthritis in my hips, one wrist and fingers for years.
Try seeing a Podiatrist instead of a rheumy or even an ortho. They specialize in the foot and know more about how to deal with them than anyone else. Orthotics may help or a different type of shoe but they should be able to help you. I have found that even among orthopedic docs, most don't know much about the foot and neither do rheumies. Do see a podiatrist!
The Following User Says Thank You to jennybyc For This Useful Post: suggi (06-05-2012)
Thank you. I did see a podiatrist and she said there are inserts you could get for your shoe but they are very expensive and do not always help, esp. since my foot has completely lost it's arch and it is flat footed. I am living day to day and was afraid to ask what "very expensive" was.
I always had a high tolerance to pain (no pain meds after mastectomy and only novacaine for the 1st session of a root canal - the next 2 sessions I did without anything......dentist was a nervous wreck....Gotta laugh. However, right now I would beg "House" for one of his Vicadins.
I also have very flat feet and what has been my godsend is New Balance sneakers. They can have you stand on a machine that matches your foot pressure with their shoes and they can find a shoe that will help your foot. I found 1 model of shoe and stick with it and it has made a huge difference. I know that means different shoes for the 2 feet but being comfortable is so important...your feet hurt and everything hurts.
The only other suggestion I have is to go to a major orthopedic hospital and see one or their orthos who works on feet. Everyone locally told me my back couldn't be fixed but I went to a major hospital and 3 spine surgeries later, my spine is great...no pain! Worth the travel time and expense. Most big cities have a hospital just for ortho surgeries.
The Following User Says Thank You to jennybyc For This Useful Post: suggi (06-06-2012)
Ah another recommendation for New Balance. I know it has been a while sense you posted. How are you? I too suffer from bad arthritis. My left foot and ankle are always swollen and painful. You should ask your doctor for anti inflamitory meds. I hate taking them but good to have on hand. These posts are worrisome to me. I started with a podiatrist . Without going into long story : after months and many appointments including custom orthotics I am not much better. Tendon injury I had seems better. Arthritis and whatever else is wrong is not! I go next week to orthopedic specialist. Which I had to request! Please update us on your experience.