Bottoms of Feet Hurt - especially the Heel

I've had a new development in the last couple of months in that the bottom of my feet hurt, especially the left heel. I brought it up with my apt with my rheumatologist in October and he said I may need to see a podiatrist. I didn't think so at the time but now I'm beginning to wonder. Does anyone else have this? Is this sclero related? I try now to make sure to wear some slippers with some cushion in the house and not go with just stocking feet because if I do the heel and foot pain gets pretty bad. Was hoping to hear if others have this or not.

Warm hugs,
Peggy

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I do not know anything about sclero, but it sounds like it could be plantar fascitis which is very treatable. Do your heels hurt more in the morning? That is a classic symptom. Does stretching help? Google it and check it out.

I wish you the best.

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I have the same thing except it's my right heel. Dr Onc says it's just the side effects of my chemo treatments, specifically - Paclitaxel (Taxol, Onxal). Hopefully, this will clear up when the treatments end.

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This has been new to me also, I just wear good tennis shoes now. Also have a lot of shoe inserts for better support. No more fancy dress shoes....

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I was diagnosed with RA in May, and have had issues with the bottom of my feet too. The best "free" advise I was given was to buy a pair of shoes 1/2 size too big and wear some cushioned inserts. I also found some Sketcher flip flops that have a LOT of cushion that I wear often.
Good luck.

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Mine is under my big toe and the top and bottom of my little toe. It is so painful that I cannot wear shoes at times. The dr listened to my complaint, said uh huh and told me nothing. oldfogie

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Hey Peggy ~

It sounds like you could use a new doc! (Or at least one who will REALLY listen to you.) I also have gone to a 1/2 size larger shoe and use inserts I had made at my chiropractor's office.

We have a good store here in the local area that sells Keens, Merrill, Wolky and other great brands that give your feet the support they need. I find the Keen brand fits me best. I'm sure you must have a similar store near you.



All the best,
Bj

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It sounds like planter fasciists to me as well. My feet hurt and my heels were so sore I couldn't walk on them. I ended up getting orthotics made by a podiatrist and I'm pain free.
Good luck in solving this.

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Peggy
I thinkYou probably have plantar fasciitis which can be very painful and you need to see a podiatrist. The expensive shoes and inserts didn't work for me, and he eventually sent me to physical therapy. I also had ultra sound on my feet. The fascia is a tendon that runs under the arch and up the back of the heel to the ankle. It helps if you learn some foot exercises to stretch the fascia tendon everyday. You can also have a cortisone shot in your heels that gives relief for 2 or three months. That relieves the pain right away but not the underlying problem. The podiatrist can fit you with orthotics.

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It does sound like that plantar fascitis, but to be sure make appointment with the foot doctor. I don't think its from having scleroderma though but I could be wrong. Let us know what the foot doctor says if you decide to go. Take care and take care of your feet. hugs, Sam

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It took my Onc three months before they suggested I see someone about the increasing foot pain.

It was Plantar Fasciitis, the pain was relieved and now I can actually take that first step away from the bed without pain!
R

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In my case it is scleroderma related, the pain is not just in my heel. With the scleroderma we loose the natural "cushioning" that is in the bottom of our feet. I think you might need orthotics.

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I feel that mine is SD related too. I cannot, simply cannot go anywhere inside or out, without something cushiony on my feet. recently I found these wonderful slippers with memory foam inserts.

If I walk barefoot around the house or the back yard for even a little while, my feet ache and I cannot walk on them for two days without pain.

I too have RA, so mine might be that also, but I think most of my pain is from SD.

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Hi Peggy, If you take statins, google statins/foot pain, it's one of the many side effects that I suffered from, nothing eased the pain until I stopped.
Lidia xx

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Yes...with sclero, the padding on the bottom of the feet thin and seeing a podiatrist on a regular basis is wise. If pressure builds (callus) , ulcerations can occur due to limited circulation. Wearing stabilizing and cushioned footwear at all times to protect and prevent injury to foot and especially vulnerable toes, is advisable. Good luck ...
kathleen

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You may have heel spurs. They can make an x ray and tell you. I am a diabetic and I have pain in my feet from that, but I had real bad pain in one foot in the heel that came on suddenly. I really thought it was broke because I couldn't put any weight on it and after a few days barely could walk on it. The doctor did an x ray and said it was heel spurs. Don't wear flip flops ,go bare foot , and wear a good shoe. Also gave med's for it and said if it continued to hurt they could give a shot of something in it. Maybe this is what you have.

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What kind of slippers did you find. I wear inserts all the time and my feet still hurt. I do go to a foot doc and he recom the orthotics but they are very expensive. I do wear the reg inserts that you can buy otc and they do help a lot.

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I found these great slip on slippers at walmart that have memory foam inserts in them, they were 10 bucks but well worth it. I bought one for me, and one each for my girls, one of which has already been dx'd with raynauds, so she needs the warmth too.

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Hi Peggy,

Yes! I have severe heel pain when I am barefooted, it feels like my heel bones are hitting the floor and it is lupus-sclero related, my rheumatologist confirmed it. So you might ask your Dr again. unfortunately I have no remedy, I just wear shoes or slippers all the time.

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YES ITS RELATED TO SCLER... I HAD THT AS WELL BUT IT PAST THNK GOD.

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Thank you so much for all of the replies. It sounds like I need to do some checking on the planter fascitis and to pursue this at my next apt to get a referral. I just got back from a walk around the block and apparently the shoes I had on were not supportive enough as my heel and the bottom of my feet hurt so bad. I will have to check on some inserts and I have also been wearing cushioney slippers while in the house. I don't know if that's even enough support. The heel pain is terrible and there just isn't anything to do for it for relief.

To know that other sclero sufferers have this also and that it's from the disease is nice to know. I guess after a year of being doubted that there was anything wrong with me before finally getting diagnosed with 6 different auto-immune diseases I just wasn't sure if this symptom was another one from this disease.

This disease sure wears on the body doesn't it. And it seems to constantly throw something different at a person.

Warm hugs,
Peggy

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