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Yeah it is strange the things that we don't think would cause swelling and discomfort do.

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We have a couch that reclines so I always sit with my feet up too. Severe varicose veins run in my family on my father's side so I've always tried to sit with my feet up when possible, never thought about it at the computer for some reason though. I just ordered some diabetic socks, I'm not diabetic but the elastic on the calf isn't supposed to be as tight as regular socks. I've been buying mine at The Dollar Store and they leave pretty deep ridges around the top of my ankles. Another interesting thing I read this morning when researching edema was that a tight bra can cause your ankles to swell also. I have been wearing a sports bra when I exercise because I'm pretty "well endowed", usually I take it off and put on a more comfortable (looser) one when I'm done but for about the last week or so I haven't been doing that so maybe that's part of the problem too. I certainly never thought of that as a possibility!

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I had the plantar fasciitis when I was still working, and I had a bookshelf under my desk. That's what I used for my stretching exercises. It really helped. At home, I have a cushioned hassock under my desk, and when I watch TV, I sit in a recliner with my feet up.

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Thanks for the idea, I have a shelf that is built in to my computer desk that's about the right height. I just cleared it off and I think it will work. I like the leg exercise while sitting idea too. Thanks again emoticon

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I also have edema when sitting for a long time. After a plane trip or long car trip, my ankles double in size. It even happens when I'm sitting in a restaurant for a while, or playing cards.

I keep my legs raised when I'm sitting at the computer. A small hassock or even a crate with a pillow on it to rest your feet on, will help the circulation. Get up and move around every hour or so, just to get the circulation going again.

I also do leg exercises while sitting. Take a look at the chair exercises here on SP, or google them. You can still move your legs to exercise them without taking long walks.

The cortisone shot should help to relieve the inflammation.

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According to my foot doctor I have something called Morton's Neuroma which is "A thickening of nerve tissue that is a result of compression and irritation of the nerve. The compression creates swelling of the nerve, eventually leading to permanent nerve damage." Not sure if this is better or worse than I feared. I am now the proud owner of a pair of orthopedic inserts for my shoes and I have a very expensive pair of shoes to wear when I go for my walks on order. I also got a cortisone shot for the pain. I'm not supposed to attempt any long walks until my shoes arrive so I guess that's on hold for another week or so.

I've also now developed swelling in my ankles and feet. I thought it was due to an allergy to a new medication but according to the doctor it's edema because I've been sitting much more and not exercising my legs by walking like I usually do. Hopefully that will get better when I can start walking again too. I looked up home remedies for ankle and leg edema online and then ordered some comfrey leaf ointment from Amazon to try. My blood pressure was also higher than usual so I just added sodium tracking to my Nutrition Tracker because I think that will help with both my ankle swelling and my blood pressure. I've always had low blood pressure so even being on the high side of normal worries me some.

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Good idea except we don't have a bath tub, only a shower. I've been doing exercises on my WiiFit that seem to be OK. A lot of it is attitude, I was so depressed at first that I didn't want to think much about doing anything. I think I'm out of the mental hole I had myself in, at least starting to dig myself out.

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Sitting in a bath tub and exercising works well also. You can't do alot of exercises but you can do some.

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I'm waiting until I see the doctor on Tuesday before trying anything else. I think it's a little better today.

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Have you tried the foot gel insoles yet.

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Keep in mind that the doctor doesn't have to pay the $400 - and if it did, he'd just have you come in one more time and he'd have the money with which to pay it. LOL
I always take recommendations of that nature by a doctor with a grain of salt - the item they want us to buy usually doesn't work. At least that is my experience. The solution to Plantar probably won't be cheap, but it shouldn't have to cost $400.
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Another disadvantage of living in such a small town is virtually no place to shop. We have a WalMart about 30 miles from here and a really small JC Penny and Ross store the same distance but that's about it. I usually order from Shoebuy or Amazon because if the fit isn't right I can exchange them without paying return shipping. Be careful of FootSmart though, I ordered a pair of their shoes and when I sent them back I had to pay almost $9.00 return shipping. I thought I'd ordered from them before so I guess I didn't read the fine print very well.
I've used different brands of foot pads with pretty good results in the past. I usually buy them when the inside of a pair of shoes I really like starts to break down or come apart.

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I can't buy shoes online unless I've tried them on at a local store first. For sneakers/trainers, I need a wide toe box, and some shoes that come in wide sizes are still narrow in the toe area.

I was at a Sports Authority not too long ago, looking for New Balance shoes which do come in wide sizes. I had to try on more than 6 different styles before I found one that was comfortable & fit right - even though they were all New Balance. I was surprised that the styles were so different in fit.

But, once I do find a style that fits, I search the internet for the best prices. I've bought shoes from Zappos.com - they have free delivery & free return shipping.

You could try Dr. Scholls heel pads - they're soft gel that cushions the heel. When I was going to the podiatrist for the plantar fasciitis, he talked me into $400 orthotics - which didn't work & weren't covered by my insurance. I told him that my feet felt better with the Dr. Scholls pads I found at Walmart & he told me they wouldn't last long. I just told him that I could buy a heck of a lot of Dr. Scholls for the $400 I wasted on the orthotics. He didn't like that - LOL! But it was true.

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I decided to look online for SAS shoes and see what I could find, the cheapest I was able to find were $119. I also have short, wide feet and can't have hardly any heel on the shoe or my knee pain flares up so not all styles work for me. I think I'll talk to the doctor before I go shoe shopping, that's a lot of money for shoes!

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The last time I bought SAS shoes they were $95.00/pair. From the standpoint of painless feet - it would have been worth it at twice the price. Just don't buy so many of them as I did the cheaper ones. Choices!
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Thank you Joann for your suggestion to soak my feet, I hadn't thought about that. Unfortunately swimming isn't a possibility for me. The closest public pool to our small town is 90 miles away.

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Try soaking your feet in warm/hot water with epsom salts in it. It helped me with the pain in my feet when I worked in a convenient store and couldn't sit down for 6 to 8 hour days. GOOD LUCK on your doctors appointment and swimming helps also with the painless exercises. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thanks for the shoe suggestion. I just bought some Sketchers Go Walk shoes and like them really well, kind of expensive for what they are but comfortable. I have a friend who will only buy SAS shoes at the advice of her foot doctor, I had forgotten about that until you mentioned it. I think I'll check them out.

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Fran - yesterday I got in 30 minutes walking, bringing the groceries in from the car (light bags so many trips) and putting them away :-) I'm glad my grandson is still with me because apart from company, after hubby died a couple months ago, potentially over 1/2 my walk time gone (he ATE tons more than me!)

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Glad to hear you made that doctor appointment. Putting your head in the sand won't do anything except cause more stress.


Back a few years I had Plantar as well. The doctor gave me a prescription for very expensive shoes which did nothing to help me. I figured out that the brand of shoes I was wearing (a very popular brand) was causing it. I changed to SAS shoes, and I've never had a problem since. You might just think about changing your shoe brand to one that has good support and are a good fit (yes, it can be expensive but they last forever). It can really pay dividends.

Some really good ideas on making housework pass as exercise, Kris. I say I never walk, but I walk around my house all day long. Maybe I should get a Fitbit and find out how much walking I'm really doing.
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Glad to hear you made a doctor's appointment. I've had the same thing except mine was bad enough that they ended up doing surgery to make other repairs to help alleviate the plantar fasiatis (sp) - I had torn tendons wth it. I can empathize with the pain you're in.

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Thanks everybody, I did make a doctor appointment. They couldn't see me until next Tuesday afternoon though, another disadvantage of small town living. I usually try to be a more positive person but this morning I was in so much pain I felt nauseated. I think with this condition fear of what the future may bring is sometimes hard to suppress, I imagine all of us feel that sometimes. Anyway, thanks again for the responses, suggestions and support.

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I agree it could be Plantar Fascitis. I had it and did special exercises and it went away. That can be very painful. Bev


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Unless you see your doctor, you won't know for sure if it's arthritis or some other ailment, like plantar fasciitis or even a heel spur. I've had plantar fasciitis and it's very painful, especially when walking. Fortunately, it disappeared about 10 years ago, after cortisone shots, and custom-made orthotics (which didn't work at all). While I had it, I could barely walk. It started in one foot, then, because I was favoring that foot, started in the other one as well.

I also have problem with the joint in my second toe on one foot. I don't know if it's arthritis or not. Walking for long periods of time outside bothers it, but if I do a walking video at home, I have no problem.

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WHITNEYTEACHER - you NEED to see your Dr. Burying your head in the sand isn't going to achieve anything except allow whatever is happening to go worse. You never know, it may NOT be what you suspect!!

Where it comes to your walking, make sure that you wear really good quality shoes with excellent support and padding in the soles. You don't HAVE to go for such long walks. Break it down to snatches of 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there. That is just as beneficial where exercise is concerned, and can also help reduce the pain you are experiencing. Swap some of your outside walks for inside ones. I get the bulk of mine by putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. It is a fantastic way of helping to control/prevent pain, and the beauty is it doesn't seem like exercise and it also doesn't seem like work. For me that is a win/win situation :-)

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Caroline, Don't be depressed you are still alive and can do things. I wish I could walk as you do, so be grateful for the things you can do. I do chair exercises that I found on SP and they are working for me. While I am watching TV, I do hand weights, if you don't have any use canned foods, they will work too. While on my bed, I do bicycle reps and this way there is no stress on the joints. Think positive and things will all fall into place. I know the doctor will tell you to lose weight, that is what mine tells me, but it is easier said than done. Try the following websites, they can help you: www.exercise4weightloss.com, WWW.DWLZ.com. There is also another one that I have and when I think of it will send you. (Senior moment) I just sent you a nice recipe that is low in fat and calories. Bev


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Whitney, I am so sorry to hear of your additional pain. It is absolutely ok to share like this in my opinion. I was thinking pool also. I hope you go to the doctor. I'm hoping things improve so you can walk again. Sincerely, Julia

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Sit And be Fit, yes the show on PBS, has sitting exercises for people with arthritis. sitandbefit.org

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What about a recumbent stationary bike?

When my RA first set in, I had trouble walking, but in the good moments I was able to get onto my stationary bike. Of course I couldn't tie my shoes too tight because of the swelling, but I almost always felt better afterwards.


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Hi Whitney, I'm so sorry you're feeling down, it really sucks and I totally feel your pain. I have RA in my feet and for a while I had trouble walking too. Don't be afraid to go to the doc, it's better to know than not to. I know chair exercise videos aren't the same but they are SOMETHING. Can you get to a pool? At my worst I could always do that! emoticon


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I guess I'm complaining now, now sure if this is appropriate for a group post or not. I've had arthritis in my knees and pretty badly in my neck for several years now. When my knees flare up I can't do much in the way of exercise and mainly take pain relievers and anti-inflammatory pills until it gets better but for the last couple of weeks I've started to suspect it's now moved to my feet. I've discovered a whole new level of pain and immobility. How do you do anything when it hurts so much to walk? I'm afraid to go to the doctor because I don't want to hear him confirm what I think I already know. Mostly I'm afraid of how it will affect my preferred method of exercise - walking. I've been walking 2 - 3 miles a day while happily listening to my audiobooks but I fear this won't be possible for me for much longer. Today I downloaded some chair exercise videos to try but it isn't the same. Sorry, I'm just really depressed!

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