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Heel Pain

Can anyone help please? Over the past few months my heels have got progressively worse. I have psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, , Spondyloarthropathy, tenosynovitis of the right ankle and Sjögren's syndrome. When I wake up, when I move from a sitting position or lying down, I have horrendous pain, like standing on lego or an upturned plug. My heels feel bruised though they aren’t and it takes about 2 hours before I can walk properly. I’ve got a gp appointment next week but would be nice to go in and say I think I have xyz. I wear arch supports in my shoes and have done for years but the pain is so intense I look like an old lady shuffling along.

Any suggestions would be great thanks xxxx

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Poor you that sounds excruciating. No advice on what this may be but I get a much milder version of this - worst first thing each morning. I hobble to the toilet and put off going downstairs for as long as possible. It eases over the day. Of your list of diagnosed conditions I only have Sjögren’s (so far)- just in case that helps. X

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Well, I can now relate to this as I have experienced a few months of the very same thing. I put it down to all manner of age related causes, put cm thick gel orthotics in my walking boots and basically they were all I could wear and even then sometimes it was too sore to walk. It has all been due to my recent flare, it turns out, and a course of prednisolone has settled it remarkably well. I'm not used to 'invisible' flares so this one caught me out. I also bought myself some Skechers ( which I hate the look of) and some new soft sole Clarks jodhpurs boots which are hugely comfortable but I still clump around in my walking boots as much as I can. It's a good excuse to treat yourself to some new footwear perhaps? If your rheumy tells you that this probably isn't due to your AI conditions, stand firm because it certainly can be !

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Hi Sarahd1609,

As we are not medically trained here, we are unable to say what the cause of your symptoms may be.

We published a blog article discussing 'pain management' which contains helpful tips and information that I hope you will find useful: lupusuk.org.uk/pain-managem...

We also published a factsheet on 'LUPUS: and the Feet' which you may like to read here: lupusuk.org.uk/wp-content/u...

Before attending your appointment you may like to read our blog article about getting the most from medical appointments here: lupusuk.org.uk/getting-the-...

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