symptoms of ra

Pain and swelling in the ball of my foot

JAldrich Community Member May 16, 2007
  • First, let me lead off by saying that I have been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuopathy, so I am rather numb in that area to start with.

    But, when I walk at all, eventually I'll get a feeling like I am stepping on a tiny glass fragment on the center ball of my toes, and then, just like clockwork, it swells up - not like a balloon, but enough to be quite uncomfortable and often painful. Its all in the center of the ball of my toes, up through the back of my big and 2nd toe skin juncture (which hurts like hell) and on top the bones that lead to my big and 2nd toe.

    It also happens on both feet, although not until the other gets the "trigger" also which may happen the same walk or the next time I walk. The swelling usually causes sharp shooting pains that go the length of the top of my foot - unlike the very localized neuropathic stabbing pains (which is well treated by Lyrica).

    It makes it very difficult to walk, as I end up walking on the outside of my feet (to keep it from getting worse), and then my feet and ankles get very tired and sore until I can barely walk at all. Sometimes I use a cane, but it doesn't help much - especially if both feet are swollen.

    Often it even happens when the ball of my foot gets pressed against my shoe while simply sitting at my desk. And usually happens while applying pressure to the break and gas pedal when driving.

    My only salvation has been memory foam. At work, I take off my shoes and rest them on a memory foam pillow. At home I walk around in memory foam slippers (which I can even do comfortably when they are swollen, and they even cause the swelling to go down). And yesterday my wife bought me memory foam inserts which when placed on top of my liquid filled inserts seem to maybe be working (fingers crossed).

    I went to my Dr on Friday, and he said it was my diabetes and neouropathy, so he upped my Lyrica dose (which I'm glad he did anyway, because the neuropathic burn is finally diminished). I thought that was working great, cause one foot stopped swelling, and on Sunday evening, I was even walking around with no swelling at all. But, on Monday the more sensitve foot blew up again while walking around at work. And on Tuesday, my sensitive foot blew up while walking around and the other blew up while driving.

    On Wednesday, I was quite pleased with the additional support of the memory foam inserts, as I had no swelling in the one foot and very little in the other. That day (today) I got to my long antisipated first Podiatrist appt.

    He wouldn't let me get a word in edgewise. He even said, "I don't consider anything swelling unless its like this!", and he made a large oval with fingers and thumbs pressed together (which my feet looked like once 2 years ago after a working a trade show). And that all I had was an arthritis that pushes on the muscle and skin tissue and irritates it a little - and told me that these arch support insoles would all but cause it to go away as long as I wore them. Then he wisked me out of my office not even hearing 1/32 of what I wanted to tell him about.

  • I wore the insoles back to the office, and they did seem to help. But soon after I sat down at my desk, the balls of my toes were pressing against the insoles, and my foot blew up about as bad as it ever has.

    I'm lost and don't know what to do other than go to a different podiatrist 2 months from now when I can finally get an appointment. I'm only 40 years old, and this pain/swelling thing only started less than a month ago (as a relatively constant thing). I've only been diagnosed with diabetes/neuropathy for 2 1/2 months now (follwong the rules and doing great). Before that, I just thought my feet were injured from the trade show.

    I did searches on Google on my symptoms, and RA kept coming up.

    - Jay

5 Comments
  • Anonymous
    Ahmed
    May. 16, 2010

    I have sweeling in my soul and palm since one and half yeas,i have cosulted many specialist around like ortho, rheuma,skin,general etc and al my blodd reports are normal,the RA , uric,TSH,sugar,BP etc all are showing normal but stil i get the sweeling n not yet b resovled. any one with the same andany cure please let me know

  • Anonymous
    Nancy
    Dec. 06, 2008

    I would suggest you go to a Neurologist for the peripheal neuropathy.  This type of doctor is what is usually recommended by the National Neuropathy Assoc.  See their website for more info.  I have neuropathy and if I were you I would cross the poditrist you are currently seeing off your list.  You have legitimate concerns and should see...

    RHMLucky777

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    I would suggest you go to a Neurologist for the peripheal neuropathy.  This type of doctor is what is usually recommended by the National Neuropathy Assoc.  See their website for more info.  I have neuropathy and if I were you I would cross the poditrist you are currently seeing off your list.  You have legitimate concerns and should see a doctor that is more sympathic.  Good Luck!

  • hevgem
    Jul. 11, 2007

    Hi,

    In may 2006 if first experience in the ball of my foot, 1st left then right. And yes just as you described, similar symptons, swelling pain and difficulty walking. In july 2006 i was officially diagnosed with RA. After consulting with my doctor and the specialists, they both confirmed that the foot pain could be related to RA, but there is nothing to substantiate...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi,

    In may 2006 if first experience in the ball of my foot, 1st left then right. And yes just as you described, similar symptons, swelling pain and difficulty walking. In july 2006 i was officially diagnosed with RA. After consulting with my doctor and the specialists, they both confirmed that the foot pain could be related to RA, but there is nothing to substantiate this. It was the blood tests that confirmed I had RA. As far as i can tell, & yep done a bit of research on the subject, i have not, as yet, found any other sufferer who has gone from 'foot pain' to 'chronic RA' in 6 months. Seems like i'm the only one, that i know of. Take care & keep smiling.

    • Anonymous
      Lisa Dattilo
      Jul. 26, 2007

      I also have the foot pain.

      In the ball of my feet.

      My Doc. has asked when I want to have the RA factor drawn.  Not ready to do that

      yet.

       

      My mom dx in Jan 07-long story short

      Rheumatiod Lung-tissue sent to Mayo

      Prednisone 50mg

      Methotrexate-used for 6weeks-respiratory shut down

      Enbral-used for 6 weeks respiratory shut down

      Home oxygen 4-8 liters per min able...

      RHMLucky777

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      I also have the foot pain.

      In the ball of my feet.

      My Doc. has asked when I want to have the RA factor drawn.  Not ready to do that

      yet.

       

      My mom dx in Jan 07-long story short

      Rheumatiod Lung-tissue sent to Mayo

      Prednisone 50mg

      Methotrexate-used for 6weeks-respiratory shut down

      Enbral-used for 6 weeks respiratory shut down

      Home oxygen 4-8 liters per min able to walk to bathroom once a day for BM only

      Now on cytoxin=not improving

       

      Any similar stories??

      Looking for hope.

      Unable to face my own diagnosis.

       

      Thanks for reading!

      Lisa

    • Anonymous
      wvslm1955
      Mar. 16, 2009

      I was diagnosed with RA 14 years ago and also experience pain and swelling in the balls of my feet.  This typically flairs up after being up on my feet for extended periods of time and/or walking.

       

      First of all, I would suggest that you find a new Podiatrist to go to.  The Doctor that you saw was so unsympathetic and clearly not willing...

      RHMLucky777

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      I was diagnosed with RA 14 years ago and also experience pain and swelling in the balls of my feet.  This typically flairs up after being up on my feet for extended periods of time and/or walking.

       

      First of all, I would suggest that you find a new Podiatrist to go to.  The Doctor that you saw was so unsympathetic and clearly not willing to listen to your symptoms.

       

      After suffering for the past 2 weeks with severe foot pain, I broke down and called my Podiatrist last Friday and got an appt today (Monday).  After hearing your story regarding your Podiatrist, I realize how good mine truly is.  He listened to my symptoms before ever examining my feet.  Once he did examine them, he told me immediately what the problem was.  Morton's neuroma, the term neuroma refers to a swelling of a nerve. The nerve commonly affected is a small nerve that connects the 3rd and 4th toes, counting from the big toe. The patient will complain of pain in the sole of the foot.  The swelling in the ball of my foot has just recently gotten so bad that my toes were going numb, which he said is caused by the swelling of the nerve.

       

      He said this is brought on by the way that I walk.  I roll to the outside after I step.  He gave me a shot of cortizon in each foot (not pleasant) and fitted me for orthotics to put in my tennis shoes to keep me from rolling.  I go back to him in a week to get the orthotics and I did read on the internet that sometimes Morton's Neuroma requires multiple injections of cortizone to clear it up.

       

      I have suffered from this for years but it is now getting so bad that during a bad flare up, I'm walking like I'm 90 and I'm only 53.

       

      My advice to you is to find you a new Podiatrist.  When you call to make your appt. tell them how much pain you are in and they should be willing to see you within 1 week.

       

      I hope this helps you.  This is a terrible pain and if you are anything like me, you have spent a fortune on shoes....looking for that comfortable pair that does not aggravate this problem.

       

      Good Luck