Aching and numbness
Aching and numbness of feet in the morning
I am a 53 years old woman, don't drive so probably walk more than average, do not smoke but do drink alcohol, am not overweight and have a profession that entails a lot of time at least three days a week sitting at a computer.
I have been diagnosed recently as having scoliosis (never given me any problems) and osteoarthritis of the spine (which also currently gives no problems but for which I am taking regular medication.)
My hobby is dancing - I do jive, ceroc, salsa and line dancing, as much as I can but at least regularly three times a week. This does not give me any problems. I have always suffered from cold hands and feet - my husband complains that it is like sitting next to a fridge. The last couple of years I have had hot flushes, due to the menopause I suppose, so this has compensated a bit.
My 'problem' isn't something that gives me a lot of difficulties - I would just like it explained to know that it is not something that I should worry about, or could lead to anything worse. When I wake after a night's sleep my feet ache (much more than after an evening's dancing!) When I first get out of bed it is difficult to walk - my feet ache but also feel strange, numb-like, but slightly painful to walk on. After a bit of walking up and down this goes away.
As this does not cause any real problems I have only ever mentioned it to doctors when being quizzed about general health as part of an examination for other problems. When asked 'any other problems?' I explain as above and have only ever received the comment back 'hhmmm.........that's strange.'
Is there a reasonable explanation for this? is it something that needs investigation or can I just carry on as normal?
Your symptoms are very suggestive of "morning stiffness" which is a common observation in osteoarthritis
. You get on your feet for the first time and the joints of your feet are a little stiff so they hurt; as you walk around the pain eases up and probably in a very short time you don't even notice your feet. This is very common in people in your age range.
The only thing I would suggest you do is have your feet evaluated by a foot specialist. If he/she notices an excessive amount of motion in your feet, an orthotic
might be very helpful in slowing down the degeneration of the joints of your feet.
Marc Mitnick DPM