May is Arthritis Awareness Month, and while this condition is most often associated with the hands, knees, and hips, arthritis can also take a toll on the feet, impacting mobility and overall quality of life. Below, the team at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC explores three ways arthritis affects the feet so patients can understand the importance of early intervention.

Joint Pain and Stiffness

  1. Arthritis in the feet commonly manifests as joint pain and stiffness, particularly in the toes, ankles, and midfoot. The pain may be dull and achy or sharp and intense, making it difficult to walk or stand for extended periods. Stiffness in the joints can further limit mobility and flexibility, affecting daily activities and quality of life.

Swelling and Inflammation

  1. Inflammation is a main symptom of arthritis, and it can affect the feet by causing swelling and redness in the affected joints. Swollen joints may feel tender to the touch and appear visibly larger than usual. Inflammation can also contribute to warmth and discomfort in the affected areas, making it challenging to find relief.

Deformities and Changes in Foot Structure

  1. Over time, arthritis can lead to deformities and changes in the structure of the feet, such as bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet. These alterations can result from joint damage, cartilage loss, and abnormal bone growth, causing further pain and discomfort. Deformities may also affect gait and balance, increasing the risk of falls and injuries.

Managing Arthritis in the Feet:

  • Wear supportive and cushioned footwear to reduce pressure on the joints and provide stability.
  • Incorporate gentle stretching exercises and range-of-motion activities to improve flexibility and mobility.
  • Consider orthotic inserts or custom-made shoe inserts to provide additional support and relieve pressure on specific areas.
  • Maintain a healthy weight to reduce stress on the joints and minimize inflammation.
  • Consult a healthcare professional for personalized treatment options, such as medication, physical therapy, or corticosteroid injections.

Remember, early intervention and comprehensive care are key to managing arthritis symptoms and improving overall well-being. For more guidance on managing foot arthritis, Dr. Adam Mucinskas and the team at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC are here for you. Call our office at 860-632-5499 or click here to schedule your appointment today!

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