Posts for tag: Arthritis
All our lives, we’ve been told that if we hurt something on our bodies or if we become sick, we should rest in order to heal and feel better. Did you know that while this is generally good advice, it doesn’t apply to everything and everyone? What if you sprained your ankle? Absolutely, rest is what the podiatrist would prescribe until you’re ready for physical rehabilitation! But when it comes to being diagnosed with arthritis and all of the painful aching and swelling that accompanies arthritis, do we rest to make ourselves feel better? You might be surprised, but the answer is no.
As it turns out, the pain, swelling, and discomfort that accompany arthritis in our feet or ankles can actually be soothed and reduced by regular physical activity. We know what you’re thinking - if you weren’t a jogger before being diagnosed with arthritis, you can’t imagine being one afterward! You don’t have to run a triathlon to help your arthritis pain. Here are some effective but low-impact activities to help you reduce pain related to arthritis:
Swimming - Want a full body workout without the full body impact? Get to your nearest swimming pool and swim the pain away!
Yoga - Gentle, slow, and relaxing, yoga is a peaceful alternative to high impact exercise. Reduce pain while you increase flexibility!
Stationary bike - It’s just like biking outdoors but you control the difficulty! You push with your feet, but the seated position prevents putting your full body weight on your feet and ankles.
Elliptical - The mechanics of an elliptical machine allow for a more gentle experience than a treadmill. Get all the benefits of jogging and walking without the pain and swelling!
Now that you have a better idea of what activities you can do to get fit, stay fit, and help reduce your arthritis pain all in one go - get out there and get active! Want some extra help along the way? Be sure to call Family Foot & Ankle Care at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews at our location in Chandler, Arizona.
As we age, what should we start to look out for when it comes to our foot and ankle health? We know that it can be hard sometimes to consider these impending realities, but we believe that aging can be a beautiful thing. Think about it - if you’re experiencing something for the first time, wouldn’t you rather be prepared ahead of time to know what you’re getting yourself into before it happens? It can be scary to go head or toe first into a new experience without any prior knowledge of what to expect. The same goes for aging, no matter what age you are or what age you are about to become. Here’s a helpful read on what to look out for:
As we age, one of the first things you might begin to notice is the reduction of your own flexibility. While a few years ago you could reach that spot on your back by twisting your arm around, you may not be able to do that same maneuver today or tomorrow. There are many factors that go into when or how quickly these difficulties can start, such as your diet, activity level, your weight, and other health conditions you may develop or experience.
However, one thing is for sure! It’s never too late to start getting yourself on a better path of wellness for the benefit of your feet and ankles. As for reduced flexibility, you can imagine how staying as active as you can may help alleviate this common difficulty of growing older. The more active you are, the more often your feet and ankles are used and keep moving! Therefore, the less quickly your onset of inflexibility and symptoms from conditions like arthritis will impact your daily life. You owe it to yourself to commit to a positive change.
At your next appointment with Dr. Alan J. Discont, ask about custom exercises and ways to start slowly and safely. Aging doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule your next appointment at our great location in Chandler, Arizona.
Arthritis is a joint condition that affects roughly 54 million American adults according to the Arthritis Foundation. It can show up in joints all around the body, including the feet and toes. When the joints of the feet are affected by inflammation, it affects a patient’s ability to move their toes, bend their feet up or down, and turn on a dime when participating in athletic activities. Learn the steps that you can take to care for arthritic feet and improve your overall foot health.
Arthritis in the Feet
Arthritic joint pain, which is usually caused by an inflammatory reaction, is most commonly felt in the big toe, ankle, and the middle part of the foot. There are many different types of arthritis conditions that could affect the feet, including psoriatic, reactive, and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form—it is caused by the bones rubbing together, making the joints feel stiff and painful. Patients who are overweight are more likely to struggle with arthritic feet, as are seniors. Some people have had arthritis since childhood (juvenile arthritis or JA), making them more likely to develop foot deformities like bunions and struggle with swollen joints.
Though arthritis isn’t a curable condition, the symptoms can be eased with treatment so that you can continue to walk, jog, exercise, and work without debilitating pain. These are some of the ways your podiatrist may treat arthritis in the feet:
- An X-ray or other imaging test to examine the condition of the joints.
- Physical therapy exercises to make the joints more flexible.
- Orthotic device or shoe for better foot support.
- Joint injections (corticosteroids).
- NSAID drugs (anti-inflammatories).
- Surgery to remove inflamed tissue around the joints (Arthroscopic debridement) or fuse the bones (arthrodesis).
Caring for Your Feet
Seeing a foot doctor is an important part of caring for arthritic feet. But there are also some actions you can take at home to keep your feet and joints in good condition:
- Get rid of shoes that put too much pressure on your joints, like high heels or sneakers that don’t support the ankles.
- Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salt and massage your feet when relaxing.
- Commit to doing the toe and foot exercises suggested by your podiatrist.
Treating Arthritic Feet
Arthritic feet shouldn't prevent you from carrying on with normal life and physical activities. Get help from a podiatrist as soon as you start to experience symptoms and take extra steps to care for your feet.
Notice that your feet have been under a lot of pressure and pain lately? Do they ache constantly and make it hard to walk around? This could be a sign of a foot condition known as arthritis. Most people assume arthritis can occur only in the ankle, but actually, it can occur anywhere there is a joint. What this means is that you could also be suffering from arthritis pain in your toes. This is because the toes have joints, so they are just as susceptible to the condition.
Arthritis is a term that can be used broadly. There are multiple types of arthritis that can occur in the toe. It could simply be arthritis due to the cartilage wearing away which allows the bones to rub together, or it could be from a different type of arthritis.
So, What Is It?
Toe arthritis is the inflammation of the toe joint. More often than not, it affects the big toe. The other toes can be affected as well. Broken or sprained toes, gout, and osteoporosis can all cause toe arthritis.
Who Is at Risk?
Those who are overweight, are fifty-five and older, have suffered a traumatic past injury, are or were in sports, or who have a family history of arthritis are at risk.
The first symptom of toe arthritis is pain. At first, it can be general discomfort, but over time it can increase to extreme unbearable pain. Another common symptom of this condition is stiffness in the joint. The stiffer the joint, the harder it is to move. Swelling is another symptom of arthritis of the toe. This particular symptom can make it hard for you to fit into your shoes. Clicking and popping noises are the fourth symptom of arthritis. These sounds are caused by the deterioration of cartilage in the joints.
Other symptoms can also occur when you have toe arthritis. In general, if your toe starts to be painful, look different or feel different, then it is time to see your podiatrist. Arthritis isn’t the only problem your toe could be facing. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. The number is 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Arthritis can be debilitating – let us help you get back on your feet.
Metatarsalgia is a painful condition that causes a group of varied symptoms. These symptoms are typically swelling, pain and inflammation in the foot. Cases generally range from mild to severe and can be treated by a podiatrist. If you are diagnosed with this condition, you may be unsure as to why you are suffering from it. The fact is, this condition has many different underlying influences.
Are you overweight?
Weight can be a tough subject to bring up. The truth remains that if you weigh more than you should, all of your excess weight is being transferred to your feet. This adds more pressure and stress to the feet while they are in movement. As we age, the fat pad on our foot starts to get thinner and wear out. This fat pad protects our feet from pain. When it gets thin, and extra weight is put on the body, there is less protection and a higher risk for metatarsalgia. If you lose weight it may help cure the condition or lessen its severity.
If you are wearing a pair of shoes that do not fit you correctly, you are providing your body with an open avenue for foot pain. Shoes that have a small and narrow foot box or cause a lot of pressure to the forefoot can lead to metatarsalgia. Shoes that fit poorly also make you alter your gait. An altered gait can cause more pressure on the forefoot which can lead to pain.
You are plagued with a bunion or arthritis
Bunions and arthritis weaken the big toe and the ball of the foot. The pain from these conditions can cause a patient to alter their gait. This altered gait creates more pressure on the ball of the foot and the forefoot, which can lead to the swelling, inflammation and pain that this condition is so well known for.
If you are suffering from any type of foot pain, it is important to see a podiatrist immediately. What you might think is a small problem can turn into a bigger one. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. The number is 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Let’s stop the underlying cause before it gets out of hand.