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What helps with ankle and foot pain?

Hi everyone I was just diagnosed in July with RA and I’m having a hard time getting it under control. What else helps with ankle and foot pain when your stuck on your feet for 17 hours?


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  • Kimberly
    4 months ago

    I totally understand that grueling time on your feet! That’s what kicked off all of my issues long before diagnosis. I’m flat-footed and used to run around big hospital for 13 hr shifts. I never sat down because it hurt SO much worse if I got back up. I knew that I was going to end up with surgery. And boy was I right! Ya see, at the time I/doctors just assumed it was plain ole osteoarthritis since its prevalent in family. Anyway,,,I went in to have a hammer toe fixed. Little did I know that I wouldn’t be able to wear a normal shoe for 2 yrs! 4 total surgeries on one area. It wouldn’t fuse together. RA was not considered at the time. In addition to the severing of same nerves, it’s left my r foot partially numb. So now I can’t drive, can’t work. If I’d only considered RA earlier I could have avoided the robbery of my life.
    I’m sorry this is not giving you answers. I am just whining.
    Of course the obvious things I’m sure you already know. (Good shoes,, weight,,,rest). But I would highly recommend a. Podiatrist. Definitely.

  • Richard Faust moderator
    6 months ago

    Hi Amberblueshark. Sorry to hear about the diagnosis, but glad you have sought out a place you can get information and support. Getting RA under control after a diagnosis can be difficult, as it can take time to find an effective treatment regimen. You don’t mention what treatment you have started, but don’t hesitate to let your rheumatologist know how you think things are progressing and if you feel control is not coming. For the specific pains, thought you might be interested in this article compiling thoughts from the community on what helps with specific areas: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/community-ideas-managing-pain/. Please know that this community is here for you. Best, Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

  • Daniel Malito moderator
    6 months ago

    @Amberblueshark I’ll be honest, it’s going to be hard to find something to help if you are on your feet for 17 hours a day. Even healthy people are going to have problems with foot pain under those conditions. You can try ice or heat, or even ask your physician about pain meds, but the best answer would be try to shave a few hours off that 17. At least in my thirty some-odd years of experience. DPM

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