Arthritis is defined as inflammation that occurs in the joints. When this happens in the feet, it can cause difficulty in walking, and this is often a result of severe pain and discomfort. Osteoarthritis can cause the cartilage in the joints to gradually diminish, and walking and standing can be difficult to maintain. Gout is a type of arthritis that can be caused by genetic factors, or from eating foods that can cause elevated uric acid levels in the blood. The pain that often accompanies gout is found in the joints of the big toe, and additional symptoms may include redness and tenderness. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause deformities in various joints in the body, and patients who have this type of arthritis may feel tired for long periods of time. There are effective methods to treat arthritis in the feet, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you proper treatment techniques.
Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor 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 our office located in Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.