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Foot Pain May Indicate Arthritis

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 00:00

When it comes to foot pain, it's important to recognize that it can be more than just a temporary inconvenience. In fact, in many cases, foot pain might be an early sign of arthritis. This widespread condition affects millions of people worldwide, and it can have a profound effect on various joints throughout the body, including those in the feet. One of the most prevalent forms of arthritis that affects the feet is osteoarthritis. This condition develops as the cartilage cushioning the joints wears down over time, leading to persistent pain, stiffness, and swelling. Another type, rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune disorder that can also target the foot joints, resulting in discomfort and deformities. It is important not to ignore foot pain, as it might be your body's early warning signal for an underlying arthritis condition. If you're experiencing persistent foot pain, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a comprehensive examination, necessary diagnostic tests, and a tailored treatment plan to manage your symptoms effectively. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palatka, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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