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Symptoms of Arthritis in the Feet

Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Arthritis is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and it can manifest in various parts of the body, including the feet and ankles. If you have been experiencing persistent discomfort or pain in your lower extremities, it is essential to understand the signs and symptoms of arthritis in the feet and ankles, and to seek timely treatment. One of the earliest symptoms is pain, often accompanied by stiffness in the affected joints. Arthritis can make simple activities such as walking or climbing stairs painful. Inflammation is common in patients who have arthritis, leading to noticeable swelling and redness around the affected joints, especially after prolonged periods of activity. Arthritis can also cause decreased flexibility and range of motion in the feet and ankles, making it difficult to move them as freely as before. In some cases, chronic arthritis can result in joint deformities, such as bunions or hammer toes. As arthritis progresses, it can significantly affect your ability to walk comfortably and may lead to limping. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and tailored treatment plan. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our doctors from Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. 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. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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