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Stiffness Setting In? Navigating the Signs of Arthritis

Foot pain is a common concern, and sometimes it can be tricky to pinpoint the culprit. If you're wondering if your achy feet might be due to arthritis, let's explore some signs to watch for. 

Arthritis is a general term for conditions that cause pain, inflammation, and stiffness in one or more joints. While there are over 100 different types of arthritis, some common ones affecting the feet include osteoarthritis (wear-and-tear) and rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease).

Here are some potential signs of foot arthritis:

  • Joint pain: This can be a dull ache, a sharp pain, or a burning sensation. It might be worse in the morning or after activity.

  • Stiffness: This is especially noticeable when you first wake up or after periods of inactivity. It can make it difficult to bend your toes or walk normally.

  • Swelling: The affected joint(s) may appear swollen, especially at the end of the day.

  • Reduced range of motion: You might find it difficult to move your foot or toes in certain ways, like pointing or flexing.

  • Tenderness: The area around the joint might be sensitive to touch.

It's important to note that these signs can also be caused by other conditions. So, if you're experiencing any of these, it's crucial to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists. They can properly diagnose the source of your foot pain and recommend the best treatment plan for you, whether it's arthritis, another condition, or even an injury.

In the meantime, here are some things you can do to keep your feet feeling their best:

  • Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight can put additional stress on your joints.

  • Stay active: Regular, low-impact exercise can help maintain joint health and flexibility.

  • Wear supportive shoes: Proper footwear can help distribute pressure evenly and reduce pain.

  • Apply ice or heat: Applying ice packs or warm compresses to your feet can help manage inflammation and pain.

By taking care of your feet and seeking professional help when needed, you can keep your steps comfortable and confident, even if arthritis is present. This blog post was created with the assistance of artificial intelligence to ensure accuracy and provide the latest information on foot health.

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