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Old 08-27-2003, 06:06 AM   #1
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Has anyone had foot pain associated with hypothyroidism. Recently I have developed pain in my feet. I have always walked a lot and have very good walking shoes. My calves seem tight even though I stretch. Pain is mostly in the morning. I know it could be just foot problems but am not sure.

I do think I need to have my thyroid medicine increased because of fatigue and brain fog. So I am going to go to my doctor probably this week for testing.

Has anyone experienced this type of problem? Usually I would get cramps in my legs if my hormone level was low but never foot pain.

Also want to know if anyone on this board is also going through menopause and has hypothyroidism. Have your symptoms changed?


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Old 08-27-2003, 07:15 AM   #2
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i have had foot pain for years, and hypothyroid, but no clue if they're related! my feet get sore quickly when i'm standing or walking, and walking gives me arch pain easily. i also injured my plantar's fascia (the tissue that supports the arch) while running, and it's taken a couple years for the pain to fade.

fluid retention can cause puffy, swollen feet, and put pressure on tendons. so keep drinking your water. i feel good with 1-2 liters per day, some people advocate more like 2-4 liters per day. pain in the morning is also a sign of fluid retention in your tissues (builds up over night when you're lying down).

two other things that have helped my arch pain have been losing significant weight, and wearing shoes with a modest heel - 1-2 inches, as opposed to flats. flats kill my feet!

i don't know much about thyroid and menopause, other than that many women only develop thyroid problems at menopause, so i would just guess that if you already had known thyroid problems they could shift at menopause.

hope your feet are feeling better soon! i would mention it to your doctor when you go to adjust your thyroid meds. he/she may want to keep an eye on it, especially since it seems to have developed suddenly??


Old 08-27-2003, 07:26 AM   #3
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I also have foot pain.(I am also hypo) I do not know if they are related. The pain is usually on the top of my feet(aching) and my legs feel real tight(almost like if I am not getting enough circulation though them) I am not fat just borderline overweight according to the dr. I do exercise but nothing too vigorous. I am going to ask my dr about it also. I bought OTC ointments to help with the pain but those things do not help one bit.-Roni

Old 08-27-2003, 07:33 AM   #4
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I am hypo and had really bad heel pain. It started in the morning and progressively gotten worse. My feet don't hurt anymore since I am finally getting regulated on my meds. My levels are much better now. I also take selenium which seems to help. The only time my heels hurt now is when I am on my period. Weird huh?

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Yes, I have foot pain. It's the way I know my TSH is on its way up. The tops of my feet become very tender, and just the pressure of having shoes tied over that area can be quite bad. Also, the joints where the toes attach to the main part of the foot are painful.
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Old 08-27-2003, 07:50 AM   #6
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bellajoon, it could be the water retention with your period...

also, calcium can help with muscle cramps, but i'm not sure if that's what's going on here...


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