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What can be done to help with foot pain?

06/23/2009

Question:

I`ve had three surgeries on 1st MTP joint. The second was to fuse the joint using a plate and four screws. I was in constant pain and went frequently to the surgeon who would x-ray my foot and tell me everything was healed. After nine months I had a podiatrist take out the hardware which she found to be too large for the area. That was six months ago and I still can`t walk without crutches or put my full weight on my foot. She says I have RSD and is sending me to pain management but I can`t get in until August 14th. I use a pwer chair in the house but crutches outside. The pain is getting to me. I am allergic or have been dependent on too many drugs so I take an ultram once in a while. I`m in a pool therapy program which is great for the rest of me but my foot is still most unhappy with weight bearing.

Answer:

You can go to the RSD Association website to learn more about RSD or CRPS. The main stay of treatment is rehabilitation/physical therapy. If unable to perform, then pain management interventions are in order. Early intervention is important as well as seeing a center that specializes in the treatment of CRPS (such as University Hospitals of Cleveland or the Cleveland Clinic).

Related Resources:

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA)

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Response by:

Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University