Foot pain in fibromyalgia and its relief
Is it a symptom or something else?
Does fibromyalgia cause pain? The answer is yes; With fibromyalgia, the pain can strike anywhere, in any part of the body, at any time, and with any intensity. Various researches show that people with fibromyalgia have more foot pain than other normal people.
All kinds of pain have an unpleasant feeling, but some pains have a greater impact on life. The most important among them is foot pain because walking is an essential function. Some readers have said:
>>> The bottom of my feet felt like they were on fire. These pains come and go and sometimes even last for months.
>>> I can’t wear a flip flop or any type of shoe.
>>> I can’t stand touching the ground with my bare feet. I have to wear memory foam slippers around the house.
You may experience that just by putting your feet on the floor you experience a burning pain, during a pain flare. Shoes can damage the soles of the feet and the upper part of the feet. For walk?? Agony: If you step on something like an electrical cable, you feel like you are being cut by a blade. Walking with the feeling of having been walking for hours is a common complaint.
Foot pain is a major problem. When every step is agony, it’s hard to do much of anything. When you’re already down with fibromyalgia, you hardly need one more thing to keep you from doing what you want or need to do.
What causes foot pain?
We’ll start looking at the research specifically on foot pain in fibromyalgia. So far we’re not the one causing it, but we’re starting to get support for some likely suspects.
A study published in Arthritis Research and Therapy found that approximately 50% of people with fibromyalgia report pain in one or both feet. It seems that there are many of us, but the same study showed that 91% have neck pain, 79% experience hip pain. In fact, the feet were among the places least likely to be injured.
Your ability to walk has a huge impact on how functional you can be, so it’s important to watch for foot pain in fibromyalgia patients. Foot pain can make you walk differently, which can cause hip, back, and knee problems.
Research led by Ginevra Liptan, MD, may explain a possible cause of foot pain. She states that fibromyalgia involves inflammation of the fascia, which is a thin layer of connective tissue that runs throughout the body. If the word fascia reminds you of “plantar fasciitis” there is a good reason.
Plantar fasciitis is the common cause of foot pain that involves a band of fascia that runs along the bottom of the foot, helping to support the arch. Some people claim that plantar fasciitis is a common symptom or overlapping condition with fibromyalgia, but we are not sure about this.
Myofascial pain syndrome is the other common condition where it affects the fascia. It involves small nodules in the fascia called trigger points, which can be painful and can also cause what is called referred pain, which is felt away from the trigger point.
In a 2016 study published in “Pain Medicine,” researchers say pressing on trigger points reproduced foot pain in participants.
They also found a high sensitivity to pressure in the plantar region of the foot. ? However, in a 2017 study, no foot joint abnormalities were detected in the feet, ankles, or legs of 50 people with fibromyalgia. More research is needed in this area to find out if the joint problem is the cause of the foot pain.
Also in some people fibromyalgia is the pure cause of foot pain. Our nerves are very sensitive and few areas get hit like our feet. They could hurt just because the nerves are irritated, it is for this reason.
Foot pain can also come from some overlapping pain conditions, such as:
>> Artritis reumatoide
>> Reynaud syndrome
Many other sources that have nothing to do with fibromyalgia can be the cause of foot pain. Be sure to talk to your doctor about it if you have foot pain that limits your functional abilities or if you have persistent pain. Don’t assume it’s part of your fibromyalgia; Talk openly with your doctor about it.
No matter what the cause of foot pain, fibromyalgia amplifies it, just like all pain.
How to facilitate? your foot pain
Your doctor can help you find the right treatment, since foot pain is caused by any injury or overlapping condition.
Otherwise you need to find ways to manage it. Some things have helped people relieve their foot pain, below is a list of those things, but keep in mind that these are personal experiences and may not work for everyone.
>>> Soft and well cushioned shoes.
>>> Thick socks or diabetic socks.
>>> soft soled shoes
>>> soak in hot water and epsom salt
>>> soft stretch
>> extremely gentle massage
>>> refreshing lotion
A 2012 study on custom orthotics may help people with fibromyalgia function better overall.
You can spend some time and experimentation to find the best ways to reduce foot pain.