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How Does Arthritis Affect the Feet?

Monday, 16 December 2019 00:00

Patients who have arthritis in the feet are familiar with the pain and discomfort this may cause. The toes are typically affected, and symptoms can include swelling, pain while trying to lift them, and difficulty walking. If the joints on the toes rub together, friction may cause a small bump to develop. In severe cases, the toenails may become separated from the nail bed, and there may be aches and pains in the overall foot. A common form of arthritis in the feet is known as gout, and it may develop from the types of foods that are eaten. The autoimmune disease that is referred to as psoriasis can produce psoriatic arthritis, and many patients who are afflicted with this may notice stiff joints followed by uncomfortable skin conditions. If you have developed arthritis in the feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can help you with proper treatment techniques.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. 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 Pennsylvania. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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