Debilitating pain in 4 hours

I feel like this might be easier with pictures, but I will do my best to explain.

Since I was a toddler, I have complained of foot pain. My pediatrician said I was flat-footed, which is likely true, but I think there may be something more to it.

I have what appear to be mallet toes on both feet – all toes except the big toe. It seems to be genetic as my grandfather has similarly shaped toes. (You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to trim my toe nails). As a result, or perhaps as separate issue, the padding on the balls of my feet seems excessive – at the very least, much thicker than anyone else’s feet I’ve seen.

Ever since I studied abroad in London, UK and had to walk a mile to class and back, I have gotten plantar faciitis at the drop of a hat.

I recently got a job working food service which has me on my feet for five hour shifts at minimum, and I am in excruciating pain at the end of each one. Since they started me working on cashier, I have chronic pain from my lower back, all the way down my legs to my feet. Every joint hurts, and I wake up with stiff achilles tendons and backs of my knees. It is getting to the point that I’m not sure I can continue doing the job.

Are all of these symptoms stemming from the flat-feet diagnosis, or could it be something more? I’ve been considering consulting a podiatrist, but I don’t want to go in there and have them tell me that I’m just overweight and that’s it. I admit being overweight, but these issues have been a problem long before my weight ever became a factor.

Please help,

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Based on your description I think you would definitely benefit from orthotics and daily foot recovery. If you do have flat feet then what you are describing makes complete sense.

    Standing is one of the most stressful things we can do with our feet and if you have unstable feet then this can result in foot, knee and back pain. I would recommend starting to integrate foot release by standing on a golf ball or tennis ball at the end of the day followed by stretching of your calves.

    In addition I’d recommend seeing a Podiatrist to see if custom orthotics are the best option or you could consider OTC orthotics such as Aetrex Lyncos. I hope this helps!

    Dr Emily Splichal, DPM, MS, CES

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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