Thursday, 23 December 2010

Under pressure

I need your help! It really hurts on the one of my two sensitive spots now, I have marked it on the picture above (not my foot, a photo I snatched somewhere). I am off work today and indoor because of snowstorm, so no shoes on. I have to wear the stocking and toecap, but it hurts – what to do? Anyone out there had the same problem?


  1. I have lymphedema, and I hurt there too sometimes. maybe a little more in the middle. It always feels tender there. I soak my feet in warm water,take asprin, and of course, do lymphatic massage. i wonder what causes it? I also have fibromyalgia, and sometime think it could be that.~~~~Jackie~~~~

  2. Hi Jackie, I used to have it only when being wrapped, and only sometimes, but the cold and the foot being a little squashed in the shoe seems to have caused this new situation. I think it is similar to the bunion (not sure if this is the right word) many people (not only LE-patients) suffers from same place but at the big toe. Those I think some people are more prone to than others and I think pointy shoes makes it worse by putting pressure on the areas around the bunion and thereby "squeezing" it outwords. I guess the compression stocking and toecap does the same thing, squeezes the aroundlying soft skin and sort of exposes the bone. Don't know.
    I was sad to hear you also have Fibromyalgia, as I know how debilitating that can be. As if one of the two wasn't enough!
    Thanks for your input. Hope you had a good Christmas :-)

  3. I did have a great Christmas. Happy New Year!

  4. Dear Lymphedema Girl - I know this post about your foot is quite old, but I just happed upon it. I have primary LE in lower left extremity for ~30 years now. A few years ago I started to notice mild pain in the area you described. Eventually, a very small blister/sore developed there. It was diagnosed as a pressure ulcer. Over the years, the pressure from swelling gradually caused the bones in my left foot to spread ever so slightly and such that the stocking and shoes and such were causing more pressure on that little boney protrusion (5th metatarsal phalangeal joint). I put small cushioning on it every day, but has gotten worse over the recent years. I wish I could find relief for it. Some days, when shoes feel tighter I suppose, it seems to get worse or "flare" up with pain. Quite unpleasant. I am searching for shoes that are roomy there or can be stretched better in that particular area. Let me know if you've found anything that has helped you for this side effect of LE! All the best, BirthdayGirl, PA