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Old 11-16-2012, 08:28 AM   #1
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ok I posted this a while back and got no response, Which has not helped me feel better . Really need some feedback. I thought maybe I posted in wrong place and I should try again.
Please let me know of your experiences so I can understand what is happening to me and how to move forward. I have a Dr appointment in a couple hrs and want to to count for something.
Long story.. But I had Plantar Fassiitis (SP?) months ago in left foot. I had it before so went through stretches and such, Only got much worse and by the time I went to Dr had progressed way beyond Plantar. Lot of swelling pain. Now to FF many months, they have done X-rays twice and a bone scan. There is some tendon damage and scan diagnosed arthritis. Why not? I have it in my hands shoulder , back ?? Why not my feet? But it has been hard. Dr has done nothing but give me insole support which do nothing really. I do get a bit more support from good athletic or walking shoes. But almost constant pain. When I take off my shoes after a long day within minutes of slipper feet the pain has increased drastically . Standing in the shower for 5 minutes is agony. I would like to know what to say to Dr. what to ask him for. I cannot leave another appointment without some real answers . Please tell me what has worked for you. I am a teacher(Early Ed) and am on my feet all day. I think I need some kind of support . Oh the problem is my left foot and ankle even feel pain up my calf occasionally.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:02 AM   #2
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Re: Arthritis in foot & ankle Need advice

Hi Ann, I'm sorry you haven't gotten answers so far. Have you looked at the Foot threads? There might be some more ideas there too.

I have arthritis in my feet, though it doesn't seem to be so bad as yours. Have you had blood work to see if there are inflammatory markers? Have you been able to see a rheumatologist?

I had my big toe joint fused because it was bone on bone, and causing a lot of pain. Drugs didn't touch it at all, and those topical pain relievers were a joke. I found wrapping my foot with a warm Magic Bag (bag with buckwheat hulls) was about the only thing that gave me relief. Of course, good shoes with lots of support, and keeping my feet warm in general helped. I have had orthotics that were helpful as well.

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Old 11-20-2012, 09:08 AM   #3
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Re: Arthritis in foot & ankle Need advice

Hello, and thank you for your reply.
Podiatrist is sending me to a specialist who will fit me for custom orthotics. I am hoping they work wonders! Podiatrist said the shoes I was wearing were fine. They do offer some support.
Thank you for suggestion of blood wk. I don't remember Dr. doing any yet. Will ask about inflammatory markers. Never heard of them. No ,have not seen a rheumatologist. Podiatrist wants to see me again after I try orthotics for a while. I also bought some Epson salts as I heard they would be good for soaking sore feet. Dr prescribed Sulidac (Clinoril) for inflammation. He reassured me it was mild after I expressed concerns about my past gastritis. I take it only on extra bad days.
Took off a week from work so don't feel too bad due to less activity. Get a lot of pain if I walk around or stand in bare slippers.
Sounds like your poor toe hurt a lot! I hope it feels better after the fusion. Think I might have one of those magic bags or something like it. Will try it.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:07 PM   #4
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Re: Arthritis in foot & ankle Need advice

My foot did hurt a lot. The thing that got me to go and get it checked was waking up in the middle of the night feeling like someone was jamming an ice pick in that joint. OUCH! I haven't seen a rheumatologist, but I have been referred. I learned I had rheumatoid factors in my blood. It is probably nothing, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to get checked. It will likely take awhile to see that person but that is okay.

I have been learning a lot about wheat lately. I may see about going wheat-free to see if that helps any. I have some OA in other joints and I'd like to keep my joints as healthy as possible.

My foot is way better since the surgery. In fact I walked in a cancer walk last summer and walked 60 kilometres in two days in Vancouver. I never could have done that before the surgery. :-)
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:44 PM   #5
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Re: Arthritis in foot & ankle Need advice

Hi, Sorry it has been a while. Hope you are having a happy holiday season. I am off from work until Wednesday. My foot is very glad for the rest. Still taking the anti-inflamitory about every other day though. Waiting patiently for my orthotics to arrive. Not much has changed but I am trying to avoid being barefoot as that is very painful.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:42 PM   #6
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Re: Arthritis in foot & ankle Need advice

Happy New Year Ann,

I have had arthritis in my feet and ankles for over 20 years. The orthotics are a great help and when the bones of my feet get locked(really, they sometimes won't move or bend at all) I have a chiropractor who can loosen them up again. I totally sympathize with your pain from the plantar fascitis. I had it in both feet at once a number of years ago(after a long day running a dance clinic for 200 little girls) and it took over 6 months to finally clear up. I am a teacher also, so it was agonizing. Have you had any physical therapy sessions to learn stretches? I found the one where you set the ball of your foot against a wall and lean in to be uncomfortable but very helpful. I also bought a couple of small flat ice packs and a pair of those ugly old-man slippers with a firm sole and not only iced when I got home from work but wore the ice packs and slippers to bed. It cut the pain so I could fall asleep and really helped. I still wear the slippers since they keep the weight of the blankets off my arthritic toes. In the end, what finally did the trick was a week-long boring conference that kept me completely off my feet-just long enough to get me finally healing. Here's hoping that this Christmas break has given your sore foot some rest and healing. Keep up with the anti-inflammatories every day until this is over. They are not just for pain-they help with swelling and with the inflammation that will move your arthritis along faster.

And if you haven't already seen a rheumatologist, get a referral and see one.I have been under the care of a terrific rheumatologist for over 20 years and for most of that time have had my arthritis(both osteo and inflammatory) under good control. There are over 200 kinds of arthritis and you should have someone who can give you the most skilled care. Even now with two partial knee replacements I have minimal pain in the rest of my joints(other than thumbs) due to well managed medications.

I just got on this board a short while ago when I knew I would be having surgery for my thumb arthritis and have posted mostly on another site that is especially for knee problems, but I know from going through things with friends on line who share the same problems that it really makes all the difference. Keep posting and all of us can help each other through the tough times when you just don't want to burden your family with more worries.

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Re: Arthritis in foot & ankle Need advice

Well, this is WAY after the fact but I found out giving up wheat (bought the Wheat Belly book), helped with stiffness and some pain. Used to be, after eating out, I would have to stand for a while to get my legs and feet to a working point again. Not anymore. I slip up with wheat once in a while. I don't have celiac so it's my pain if I do but sometimes I get hungry for pizza, etc. Haven't had toast in weeks! Good luck

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My foot did hurt a lot. The thing that got me to go and get it checked was waking up in the middle of the night feeling like someone was jamming an ice pick in that joint. OUCH! I haven't seen a rheumatologist, but I have been referred. I learned I had rheumatoid factors in my blood. It is probably nothing, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to get checked. It will likely take awhile to see that person but that is okay.

I have been learning a lot about wheat lately. I may see about going wheat-free to see if that helps any. I have some OA in other joints and I'd like to keep my joints as healthy as possible.

My foot is way better since the surgery. In fact I walked in a cancer walk last summer and walked 60 kilometres in two days in Vancouver. I never could have done that before the surgery. :-)

 
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Re: Arthritis in foot & ankle Need advice

You must express all the problems that you are facing everyday with your doctor. Do describe him with all the details of the symptoms that are being caused. If at all you are suggested with the nonsurgical treatment then they may treat you with the pain relievers and to reduce the swelling. Also make sure to opt for the right shoes. Maintain an ideal weight and do practice physical exercises and also include nutritional supplements.

 
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:36 AM   #9
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The latest with me has been a change in shoe size. Guess it happened gradually due to age and foot problems. Never knew that can happen. Now I have a few pair of shoes that are new and too small. To late to return and I am not made of money. I am wearing them for now and my toes are not happy! Got measured a couple weeks ago and now I am a 12A . Was difficult enough to find an 11! My doc wants me to make an appointment. I am putting it off as I am embarrassed and wonder how many of my problems are being worsened by improperly fitting shoes. Ordered 2 new pair in the right size. Hated spending the $$ but had no choice.
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Re: Arthritis in foot & ankle Need advice

Hey Anne,
Everyone's feet continue to grow their entire life, its not just age. I finally gave up after my arches collapsed and now wear men's tennis shoes instead of women's. Its great to have the toe room you need and you can actually find plain black that you can get away with for work if you are lucky. Short shoes can make bunions worse, but they didn't cause your arch problems. I'm glad to hear you ordered the new ones, now make that appointment. Your podiatrist is not going to judge you, they are there to help you manage your painful feet.

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Thank you Margarita, new shoes came yesterday. Not too pretty but do feel good. Yes! The extra toe room feels great! Not sure how I am wearing those size 11s.
Expecting another pair soon, maybe today. Will make that appointment very soon. I am having issues for the last couple of days with my ankle collapsing as I walk. Also skipped the pain med one day and boy did I pay the next day. Always real depressing to be so dependent to the mess.
Well off to work
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Thank you Margarita, new shoes came yesterday. Not too pretty but do feel good. Yes! The extra toe room feels great! Not sure how I am wearing those size 11s.
Expecting another pair soon, maybe today. Will make that appointment very soon. I am having issues for the last couple of days with my ankle collapsing as I walk. Also skipped the pain med one day and boy did I pay the next day. Always real depressing to be so dependent to the mess.
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Thank you Margarita, new shoes came yesterday. Not too pretty but do feel good. Yes! The extra toe room feels great! Not sure how I am wearing those size 11s.
Expecting another pair soon, maybe today. Will make that appointment very soon. I am having issues for the last couple of days with my ankle collapsing as I walk. Also skipped the pain med one day and boy did I pay the next day. Always real depressing to be so dependent to the mess.
Well off to work
Anne,

That ankle collapsing is pretty worrisome. Please try to get in asap. You don't want to overstretch the ankle tendons and end up with a bigger mess. It would be really easy to sprain it if you are not careful. Do you have some kind of lace-up brace to help support it until you see the doctor? I speak from the perspective of someone who has had ankle problems for a long time-including a sprain that dragged out over 9 months and ended in a cast. Be careful!

You are very right-pain leads to depression and depression worsens pain. But remember this is temporary. You are fixable. There are therapies, braces, and surgeries to put you back together. This will end eventually. Some people are dealing with illnesses that can't be fixed. So its okay to self-medicate your mood with a little [B]very[B]good chocolate or a glass of wine tonight, then move on beyond that. You have a life to live. Do what it takes to get stronger physically to help strengthen your ankle so it supports you better, even if it is just a little thing. There are ankle exercises on line that can really help, and the act of doing them makes you more empowered.

You can make it through all of this!

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Old 03-08-2013, 03:36 AM   #14
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I have arthritis in my jaw, one thing that really helps is drinking tea and add honey and cinammon to it every morning. it has been proven to get rid of 30% of arthritis

 
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I have TMJ ,which is essentially arthritis . That is interesting Soccersaver. I drink a lot of tea. Will have to try adding cinnamon . I do use cinnamon for other things. Like my oatmeal . And do use raw honey. I will the tea more often.
My news is my doctor put me in a cam boot as of 2 days ago. He wants to immobilize my foot and ankle to,see if it helps. Unfortunately I am not allowed to work with the boot. I have been off a week for vacation and now Dr wants me in the boot for three weeks! I am trying to deal with this because I know it may help my foot and that will make it all worth it.
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