After recovering so well from my elbow surgery and even being given a gold star by my surgeon for being a model patient, I was ready to get back to normal again. So, you can imagine how disappointed I was when I started to have pain on the outer side of my foot.
It started a few weeks ago when I was over at my Dads for a few days and the weather was so changeable I just thought that maybe it was a bit of arthritis as the pain is on the outside of my foot and after looking on the internet it could (or could not) be a sign of arthritis.
I did wonder if it was because I have not done a lot of walking recently or was it Fibromyalgia. It’s hard to decide what and what is not related to your Fibro as there are so many symptoms that relate to this disease. Of course it could be connected to my low back as all my spinal pain is left sided and it’s my left foot that is bothering me but I only had my facet joint injections 10 days ago so if anything it should make it easier. Of course it could also be something which is associated with Fibro and that is Metatarsalgia.
According to an article in Fibromyalgia Symptoms –
Another source of foot pain that is often found in people with fibromyalgia is metatarsalgia, inflammation of the metatarsals of the foot. It shows up as a burning, sharp or aching pain in the ball of the foot and can be felt in the area around the second, third and fourth toes, or only near the big toe.
Other signs of this kind of pain include:
- pain that worsens with walking, standing or running but gets better when resting
- sharp or shooting pains in the toes
- numbness or tingling in the toes
- gets worse when feet are flexed
- feet feel bruised
- pain worsens when walking on hard surfaces barefoot
The pain can come suddenly upon an increase of impact movement like running or jumping. However, it is likely to be a gradual increase of pain over time.
The What and Why of Metatarsalgia Foot Pain in FMS
The factors that cause metatarsalia are mostly related to the mechanics of the foot and the way weight is distributed in the body and ultimately onto the feet.
Each foot has five metatarsal bones running from the arch of the foot to the toes. The first is short and thick and the other four are about the same length and thinner.
Whether walking, running, jumping or moving, the weight of the body is transferred to the toes and metatarsals during the push-off phase of the movement. The first two metatarsals take the brunt of the punishment, usually about 275% of the body weight.
Depending upon how the weight in the body is distributed, and how much weight there is, excessive pressure can be put onto those bones that lead to pain and inflammation in the bones and the tissues around them.
Some of the same risk factors that exist for plantar fasciitis apply to metatarsalgia, along with a few others. Certain foot shapes, bunions, hammertoes, stress fractures, a condition called Morton’s Neuroma along with aging are all factors in metatarsalia.
I guess the only way forward for me is to wait and see how it feels after resting it as much as I can and wearing a tight elastic bandage when I weight bare.