Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, can wreak havoc on the feet, causing a myriad of symptoms and affecting various joints. One of the most telling signs of RA in the feet is the presence of pain, swelling, and stiffness, particularly in the morning or after periods of rest. RA commonly targets the joints in the feet, including the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP joints, the interphalangeal, or IP joints, the subtalar joint, and the ankle joint. Inflammation in these joints can lead to deformities like bunions, hammertoes, and ankle instability. Additionally, RA can cause joint erosion and destruction over time, resulting in significant disability and loss of function. Early diagnosis and intervention is essential in managing RA in the feet, as prompt treatment can help alleviate symptoms and preserve joint function. If you have foot pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can diagnose RA and help you to manage this condition.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of ABC Podiatry. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

If you find it difficult to walk or stand for long periods of time due to persistent heel pain, it could be caused by heel fat pad syndrome, also known as fat pad atrophy. This condition results from changes in the elasticity and thickness of the heel fat pad over time, often due to wear and tear on the fatty tissues and muscle fibers. Fat pad atrophy in the heels mimics symptoms of plantar fasciitis but has its own distinct causes and symptoms. Risk factors include overuse, wearing improper footwear, gait imbalances, and certain medical conditions like diabetes or arthritis. Symptoms typically include deep, bruise-like pain in the middle of the heel, increased by weight-bearing activities or walking on hard surfaces. A podiatrist can conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the cause and severity of the condition. Relief options may involve activity modification, custom insoles, and home exercise programs aimed at improving foot biomechanics and muscle control. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for guidance on correct treatment methods.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of ABC Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Elderly foot care involves regular inspection, cleaning, and maintenance to ensure overall foot health. It is important because aging feet are more susceptible to incurring conditions like dry skin, brittle nails, and decreased circulation, which can lead to severe issues if not properly managed. As we age, feet undergo various changes such as thinning skin, loss of cushioning fat pads, and reduced blood flow. These changes can result in common problems like corns, calluses, bunions, and toenail disorders. Proper foot care includes daily washing, moisturizing to prevent dryness, trimming nails correctly, and wearing well-fitted, supportive shoes. Regular exercise and stretches can help maintain flexibility and strength. Monitoring for signs of infection, swelling, or other abnormalities is essential. Due to the increased risk of complications such as ulcers or infections especially in individuals with diabetes, it is suggested that if you are elderly, you visit a podiatrist regularly for professional care and advice.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from ABC Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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