When fibromyalgia affects the lower part of the body, this is somewhat different than upper body pain due to the weight bearing nature of both legs and feet. Although this is just one area of the body affected, I rarely meet a person with fibromyalgia who does not have some kind of leg and/or fibromyalgia foot pain. Fibromyalgia foot pain can be exacerbated by multiple trigger points in the lower body, overactive nerves, and even ongoing weakness in the legs, knees, and ankles.
Balance Your Sitting, Standing,
or Lying Time
The interesting thing about fibromyalgia pain in many parts of the body including the lower quadrant and feet, is that it doesn’t really matter whether you are sitting, standing or lying down. Each of these daily activities of living has its very own disadvantage to the fibro body. We often hear about restless leg syndrome, but what about restless feet and toes? Overactive nerves in the feet can lead to restless feelings in the feet and the need to tap or move the toes, especially in the morning.
Too much of any one activity or too long being sedentary can increase symptoms. Standing can increase throbbing types of pain whereas lying down for extended periods (even eight hours of sleeping) can contribute to nerve pain and myofascial constriction in the feet, extending into the ankles, calves and tender areas around the knees.
Foot Structure Affects Fibromyalgia
Again, because of the weight bearing nature of our feet, we have to be even more diligent about caring for and addressing this part of the fibro body. There are different types of foot structures that can also contribute to fibromyalgia foot pain. These range from high or low arch to plantar fasciitis, plantar warts and Morton’s toe.
Not that all of these are connected to fibromyalgia, but when we have fibro, these can increase the propensity to pain and symptoms in the feet. For instance, if you have a high arch, this can increase pain not only within the bottom of the arch, but also on the very top of the feet (under the shoelace area) therefore exacerbating fibromyalgia foot pain.
Swap Out Shoes During The Day
Even if you wear the most comfortable shoes during the day, it is a good idea to switch out shoes during any given day. Have at least 2 pairs of comfortable shoes that you can rotate such as both fitness and leisure. I find rotating shoes can make a difference in levels of foot pain and adapting to any one shoe.
Wearing orthotic inserts or getting them custom made by a foot doctor can also greatly support us when we have fibromyalgia foot pain. I always add my own orthotic inserts to my athletic shoes for extra support and comfort. Wearing (breaking in) new shoes can cause increased pain and even flares. Break them in slowly. Never wear new shoes for extended periods of time. Even the new tread on the bottom of athletic shoes can be “jarring” to the body.
You may need to also avoid sandals with a wedge in between the big toe and second toe, this can be very uncomfortable and cause toe pain during and after wearing these kind of sandals.
Use Myofascial Release Techniques
As nice as it sounds to walk on a beach or on the grass barefoot, this can be difficult for people with very sensitive feet and/or overactive nerves in the feet. If you find it difficult due to a high arch or myofascial constriction, work on the under sides of your feet as often as possible. Fascia can be released with a foot relaxer or a tennis ball. Reflexology on the feet is also a great idea as it will help to relax the entire body. It can be done either by a trained reflexologist or by yourself. Be sure to go slow.
The great advantage to reflexology is that we can positively affect other areas of the body that correspond to certain pressure points. For instance, with any GI pain or congestion, I find that holding those specific points under the feet (middle underside of the foot) can really relax th
Copper Wear Compression
Here in the adjacent picture, I show one of my favorites, copper wear compression ankle sleeve. This foot/ankle sleeve fits gently over the foot and the copper is healing. It provides very slight hugging compression and support for increased blood flow and oxygen flow around these vulnerable areas of the fibro body.
These are great for everyday use or to sleep in. If you are like me and wake with burning or nerve issues in your feet, these feet/ankle sleeves are well worth a try to at least reduce the severity of symptoms. Also helpful for restless feet and toes. We depend on our feet so we must give them as much care as possible.
e GI system, which has a nervous system of its own and therefore can greatly benefit from this relaxing work.