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juniperpansy

Reduced Foot Padding?

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I have either gluten intolerance or celiac diease. Removing gluten from my diet  has helped me a lot.

 

My family doctor has asked me to do a gluten challenge before being tested for celiac disease. Having 10 bowel movements a day along with pain/bloating/fatigue is something I would rather not have to deal with again....

 

 

I am fine never eating gluten again but the reason for the test is because I have excruciating foot pain on my soles and outsides of my feet when pressure is applied ( I'm been to many doctors about this and have gotten no answers. This pain is not plantar faciatis and does not seem to match the symptoms for anything else).

 

According to here: https://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/9746-loss-of-padding-on-feet-and-bottom/ my foot problem may be due to celiac disease. The problem is my doctor didn't even bother looking at my feet to see if I may have this problem or not.

 

Basically my questions:

1) What kind of specialist could help diagnose my foot problem (whether it is related to celiac disease or not)? (podiatrists haven't been very helpful in the past). Could the GI doctor do this?

2) In order  to see a GI would I need to test positive after the gluten challenge? I really don't want to have to go through it ( I don't even know if I will be able to force myself through it).

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How weird that I stumbled upon this this morning. I don't know if what I have would classify as foot "problems" exactly, but I have noticed since starting the gluten challenge that every morning when I get out of bed, my feet are extremely tender until I can "walk off the pain." After that, they feel okay for the rest of the day. 

 

As far as diagnosing your problem, I'm not sure if a GI could help. I've never heard of foot pain being related to celiac before. I have no idea if this would help or not, but I wonder if you looked into seeing a doctor who specialized in foot problems related to diabetes if that might help you? That's not to say that you are diabetic, but I wonder if a doctor more familiar with less common foot problems might approach your issue a little more openly? 

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How weird that I stumbled upon this this morning. I don't know if what I have would classify as foot "problems" exactly, but I have noticed since starting the gluten challenge that every morning when I get out of bed, my feet are extremely tender until I can "walk off the pain." After that, they feel okay for the rest of the day. 

 

As far as diagnosing your problem, I'm not sure if a GI could help. I've never heard of foot pain being related to celiac before. I have no idea if this would help or not, but I wonder if you looked into seeing a doctor who specialized in foot problems related to diabetes if that might help you? That's not to say that you are diabetic, but I wonder if a doctor more familiar with less common foot problems might approach your issue a little more openly? 

Sorry it took so long reply. I forgot I made this post.

I've been tested for diabetes and it came back negative. I will do a little bit research on it but the foot pain associated with diabetes does not seem to match what I have.

 

As for your foot pain the symptoms you describe sound exactly like plantar  fasciitis. Have you looked into that?

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I don't know about the diagnosing.

But I do know tender feet. I'we had bad footpains and backaces for years. My chiropractor said I had some nerves that got  inflamed in my back and that also affected my feet. But after the treatment and exersices my back is almost fine, my feet still hurt. I had a fluten challange a few weeks ago, and my feet got alot worse. Now I have very little gluten, and my feet are so much better. From what I have read, if it is caused by celiac it can be neuropathic pain. Maybe a neurologist can help you?

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