I'm a 54-year-old woman. I'm fairly active -- I cycle, walk, garden and other activities to try to stay strong and in shape.
I have high arches and osteoarthritis w/bone spurs in the big toe joints. I always wear my custom orthotics inside roomy comfy shoes (usually, Asics running shoes or Keen walking shoes). I've had the orthotics for about 8 years since the initial diagnoses of arthritis in my toes, and I wouldn't leave home without them -- best investment I've ever made!
Anyway, currently I am not able to ride my bike due to a shoulder and elbow problem (rotator cuff tear, and tennis elbow), so I have turned to walking again. Now I have bi-lateral ankle pain which actually began a few years ago but subsided when I began cycling. My ankles hurt when I walk most of the time; sometimes the pain is only noticeable, but sometimes it is so painful I've had to shorten some of my walks just after starting out. My last walk was Monday morning (2 days ago), and my ankles have hurt ever since.
They also feel stiff, as if there is a tight band around each one which restricts flexion while I walk. Sometimes they pop, and the noise is so loud it startles my husband!
As I mentioned above I also have shoulder and elbow pain --- shoulder pain is due to a tear in the rotator cuff, and elbow pain due to tennis elbow (the latter just diagnosed yesterday). The pain is mostly in my right (dominant) arm but also now starting in my left arm. About a month ago, I also started to feel arthritic-type pain and weakness in the first finger of my right hand and was unable to remove the lid from a small bottle of water!
Yesterday, I saw my sports orthopedic doctor (shoulder/elbow specialist) who asked me if there is any history of rheumatoid arthritis or rheumatism in my family -- the answer to that is NO, but I am wondering if all of these symptoms are coincidental or if there is any correlation.
Next week, I will see a reputable podiatric surgeon about my toes and ankles.
Meanwhile, I'm wondering if anyone can share experience or information that might be helpful to research and take with me to the doctor next week.