FIBROMYALGIA AND THE PAIN OF FEET

The causes for which a person can develop a tingling and burning sensation in the legs can be multiple. The foci of paresthesia -sensitivity in the skin- are diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, sciatica problems and fibromyalgia. Both the burning sensation and the tingling can also originate in temporary circulation problems or that arise as a result, for example, of a bad position of a foot. The feeling of pins and needles in the area of ​​the feet characteristic of paresthesia can be, a priori and in mild states, a simple discomfort; However, this sensation becomes distressing as it develops, which is why it is fundamental to analyze foot pain in fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder in which the nerves of the body are very inflamed and sensitive. There are several classes. Primary fibromyalgia or severe fibromyalgia, for example. One of the theories that revolves around this type of patients is the possibility that they are hypersensitive to nerve pain due to an excess of the amount of neurological chemical that sends signals to the brain for the body to feel the pain.

When a person suffers from this pathology, some of the most common ailments are arm pain and even jaw pain. So are the discomforts in the feet. As a general rule, in the same plant of these. Fibromyalgia affects the emergence of this pain as does, for example, plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the thick tissue in the plant or lower part of the foot. This tissue keeps the fingers connected to the calcaneus, thus creating the arch of the foot.

To qualify for proper treatment it is vitally important to rule out plantar fasciitis as a cause of foot pain to focus on fibromyalgia or invisible pain. In this sense, let us know what plantar fasciitis consists concretely. This pathology occurs at the moment when the thick band of tissue on the sole of the foot is stretched or overloaded too much. This stretch or overload can cause severe pain in the patient and even prevent the simple fact of walking. The following factors affect a greater possibility of suffering plantar fasciitis:

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Existence of flat foot or high plantar arch. 
Running long distances downhill or on uneven surfaces. 
Sudden weight gain 
Achilles tendon tense. 
Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles .
Plantar fasciitis manifests the same first symptoms of fibromyalgia that causes pain in the feet, since one of the most common complaints are pain and stiffness in the lower part of the heel, this being worse when taking the first steps when getting up. bed; after the rest; when climbing stairs; or after carrying out an intense activity.

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To rule out that foot pain responds to plantar fasciitis, the specialist will perform a series of tests and physical exams to demonstrate:

Sensitivity in the sole of the foot. 
Flat feet or high arches. 
Swelling or slight redness in the foot. 
Rigidity or tension in the arch of the lower part of the foot. 
When establishing an adequate treatment to alleviate this type of pain that focuses on the lower extremities, specialists make the following recommendations:

Use paracetamol or ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation. 
Perform stretching exercises of the heel and foot. 
Use splints while you sleep to stretch your foot. 
Rest and stay as long as possible. 
Wear shoes with good support and cushioning. 
Another type of measure that can relieve foot pain in fibromyalgia is the application of ice on the area and use orthopedic heel spurs. If this does not work, you can resort to the use of custom-made stencils or steroid injections.

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