Fibromyalgia and the Morton’s Toe

What is Fibromyalgia?


Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points.  Some people refer to it as Chronic Fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men.


The exact causes of Fibromyalgia are not known but some of the more common reasons presented are:

Sleep disturbances.



Abnormalities of the autonomic (sympathetic) nervous   system.

Changes in muscle metabolism. For example, deconditioning and decreased blood flow to muscles may contribute to decreased strength and fatigue.

Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Morton’s Toe


Myofascial Pain Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia are very similar to one another. Both of them are painful problems that affect the muscles of the body and can make your life miserable. They are so alike that medical textbooks and articles have been written comparing one to the other.

This is important because if you understand how a Morton’s Toe can cause Myofascial Pain Syndrome then you can understand how a Morton’s Toe can also cause or be part of the cause of why you may get fibromyalgia. Many sufferers of fibromyalgia do have a Morton’s Toe. Like those with Myofascial Pain Syndrome, many of these women with “Fibro” get better by applying a toe pad to their first metatarsal bone. If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia slowly try the toe pad to see if it helps. But be warned! The Toe Pad is very dynamic and in fact can  make someone with fibromyalgia worse.  SEE TREATMENT SECTION FOR TOE PAD

So the best thing to do is to try the Toe Pad only for about one or two hours a day for a week. If that feels good, then gradually add one hour every week, until your body gets use to the Toe Pad. Stop using the Toe Pad at once if it is hurting you. Regardless, the Toe Pad is not intended to cure Fibromyalgia.  Its job is to stabilize the Morton’s Toe  so your “Fibro” will not get worse. I write more about Myofascial Pain Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia in Why You Really Hurt: It All Starts In The Foot.

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