pain in heels

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Sheila1366, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Sheila1366

    Sheila1366 New Member

    I have pain everywhere, so bad. But I have been having alot of pain in my feet and now it is in the heels of my feet. Hurts to walk. Anyone know what I am talking about.

    I am overweight and sure that doesn't help but I am back in the gym despite the pain and fatigue. I have got to lose the weight cause I know the extra pounds are making me hurt more in my feet.
  2. HEEL SPURS! They are painful, especially first thing in the morning. You might need orthodics for shoes if it continues. Mine hhave been acting up again. good luck
  3. luvtusew

    luvtusew New Member

    Hi Sheila,

    You did not say if you have FM but I do know what you are talking about with the pain in the heels. The FM seems to "move around". There is hope. I have had pain various places on my feet but thank God it does not last forever! I had pain in the top of my feet about a week ago, the pain lasted 2 weeks. It is now gone (for now). Who knows when and where the pain will be on my feet next.

    You may want to try a foot bath or elevating your feet when relaxing mabe even using a wheelchair for those times you know you will have to stand for a while.

    Sorry I could not be more help. But hang in there. I hope you feel better soon. The pain stinks and that is the bummer about this DD!

    Take care,
    Judy
  4. luvtusew

    luvtusew New Member

    Hi Sheila,

    One more thing you might want to try is a massager. I have a Homepedics pillow. I got it at Bed Bath and Beyond for $49.99. I works great on every part of my body including my feet. I just saw one for just the feet the last time I was in there but I would still get the other one because you can use it anywhere. It is GREAT!! Like I said you never know where the pain is going to be unbearable next. I personally never have a "pain free" day on my body and there are those times where it is unbearable in a particular place and I break out the pillow. Another plus is that YOU can apply the pressure!! It also has a heat button.

    Good Luck,
    Judy
  5. ronmbe

    ronmbe New Member

    Hi Sheila,
    I am new to the message boards and I sent a post to you, but it didn't appear to show up, so this is my second try.

    I have Fibromyalgia and experienced the painful heels for more than a year. I was overweight and still am. I also have flat feet. I went to a podiatrist who recommended numerous things to try. I tried special shoes, had him make custom inserts, used gel pads, wore appliances at night to keep my feet rigid and much more. In short nothing was working. Walking became an activity only when necessary and at night I had to crawl to the bathroom due to the pain in my heels. At the time my work required me to be on cement floors and wear steel toed safety shoes. I was desperate and requested the podiatrist to inject cortisone. He did, but mentioned he had his own ideas about where and how much to use (less was better in his mind). Regardless I think he injected it in the wrong spots and the dose was too small. Regardless, it didn't work. I resigned myself to the pain. Then by chance, I visited an orthopaedic surgeon for another problem and mentioned my sore heels. He offered to inject cortisone and I took him up on it. He did the injections for each of my heels and offered further treatments if needed. I have not been back since and my heels were free of pain after his first treatment. Years have passed without a return of the heel problem. I was so grateful.

    Other things that may add to the heel problem could be the build up of thick skin on the bottom of the feet. I mention this because my wife had this problem and the specialist indicated she had to sand her feet to remove the hardened skin and as well he recommended she use foot cream to keep the skin soft and pliable. She doesn't have Fibromyalgia, but by following his advice she solved the problem of sore heels. She is often on her feet for over 12 hours a day. Good shoes are also very important and a podiatrist can recommend what is best for your feet.

    As someone mentioned, calcium spurs can be another issue and I am sure there are other causes for sore heels. Everyone is different of course, but if nothing else works you may wish to try cortisone shots. I really sympathize with what you are going through. I hope you find a solution soon or at the very least a reprieve from the pain you are experiencing.

    Best Wishes
    Ron
  6. mjbean

    mjbean New Member

    I work on my feet all day and it took me a long time to figure out that I needed a very good pair of shoes so I saved up and went to the mall and bought myself a pair of Keens, and wow what a difference in my feet and heels. I miss wearing all the stylish shoes, but heck where do I go, but to work and home. I also have FM and suffer the traveling pain just as you do.
    Good luck with the heels and I hope you can get a pair of keens....
    mjbean
  7. Beadlady

    Beadlady Member

    the left one is the worst one. I bought some gel heel protectors and they do help. I also roll my feet on a tennis ball several times a day. It helpd to get the knots out of my fee out my feet, I put a small ice bag on my heels too.
  8. Sheila1366

    Sheila1366 New Member

    With fibro. pain is constant. I think that heel spurs could be the problem. I looked it up and it sounds like the same thing I am going through. But along with the heels pain my ankles hurt alot too. Often I walk around humped over due to the pain in my feet and heels.

    A good pair of shoes is what I think I will go for. I think style is not worth the pain. I will take the advice and go the a store that specializes in good walking shoes.Some of the shoes are really cute.
  9. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

    Hi Sheila,

    I can relate to the pain in your heels. I know this may be hard to believe but when I read your post, it reminded me of the pain I had in both of my heels about a year ago. It started in my feet and moved to my heels. It was so bad; every morning was the worst. However, it lingered for the entire day, everyday. I think I posted something on here; not sure. This went on for about a year and I suppose it gradually stopped hurting. They do not bother me anymore and again, I didn't even realize that the pain was going away. It was so gradual that I don't remember. I don't think it had anything to do with weight; I think I weighed and still weigh approximately 115 to 120 lbs. I didn't do anything for it except the pain med that I was on and still on.

    I hope that yours will be the same, however, that's something we don't know. If it persists, maybe you should see the ortheapedist. I commend you for going to the gym. That's something I can't and probably never will be able to do. I wish you the best and hope this end for you soon.

    BlueSky
  10. BeansMom

    BeansMom New Member

    Sheila - I had plantar fascitis for years. I had a retail job - always on my feet and also overweight and high arches (this also occurs in "flat feet") the fascia running from your heel to the ball of your foot/toes becomes extremely tight and strained.
    It causes extreme pain in your heels, esp in the morning. Getting out of bed and walking to the bathroom was AGONY...I don't even know if a painkiller would come close to helping it! It is common in FM patients and myofascial pain syndrome patients - you aren't alone and your weight may contribute but is not the only problem.
    I saw a podiatrist who did cortisone shots, NSAID's, etc.. I also had custom orthotics made. None of those things helped much - the cortisone would help for a little while, but then wear off. Icing would feel really good.
    I got a boot that would hold my foot upright while I was in bed and wore it nightly or while I was at rest on the couch during my spare time. Over time, it helped stretch that fascia out and now I have little problems with it except when I stand up for a long time or work out...it tightens up again.
    Make sure your calves and hamstrings are stretched each day, it actually can help ease that fascia. See a podiatrist about the boot (you can also buy them online..just search plantar fascitis boot). And stretch that foot as much as you can. They can do surgery to essentially "snap" that fascia if it is really severe and also there is a new therapy that uses some sort of ultrasound device to loosen it up. I've heard good things about it, but I'm sure it's pricey. I don't know if insurance covers it.

    good luck to you! I know how bad this can be...believe me. Hang in there, ,and really try to find that boot. It can make sleeping a little uncomfortable until you are used to it, but it worked wonders for me and I can actually get out of bed now without daggers running into my heels! Now I just have to figure out how to make the rest of my body feel good!!