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There are 52 bones in your feet and ankles, which means that feet contain about 25 percent of the bones in our bodies. Our feet also contain about 20-25 percent of the total joints in our body; therefore, it’s not too surprising to find out that your feet and ankles are unfortunately more likely to deal with tendon and joint pain at some point, whether through injury or certain conditions such as arthritis. When pain and other foot problems arise it’s important that you have a podiatrist you can turn to.
Common Causes of Tendon and Joint Pain in the Feet
Tendons are soft tissues that connect the muscles to the bones. Everything from overuse and foot injuries to structural imbalances can lead to pain. Common causes of tendon and joint pain include:
- Tendonitis: inflammation of the tendon caused by injury or overuse
- Sprains and strains: a common but usually minor foot and ankle injury, typically caused by physical activity
- Arthritis: a chronic, progressive condition that leads to joint pain, stiffness, and damage (osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis to affect feet and ankles)
- Obesity: being overweight or obese can also put excessive pressure on the joints and tendons of your feet and ankles, leading to pain and other problems
Treating Tendon and Joint Pain
Visiting a podiatrist is the best choice you can make if you are dealing with severe, persistent, or new foot and ankle pain. Since some conditions can get worse without proper care and rest it’s important to find out what’s causing your pain so you know how to effectively treat it.
If you are dealing with pain caused by a sports injury or strain it’s a good idea to see a medical professional so you know the extent of the injury. More severe sprains may require protective boots or crutches to reduce the amount of weight being placed on the injured ankle or foot.
Arthritis is also a surprisingly common cause of foot pain. If you notice joint pain and stiffness that affects functionality, range of motion and mobility in your feet then you could be dealing with arthritis. Since arthritis can get worse without treatment, it is important that you work with your pediatrician and a team of medical professionals to determine the best medications and course of action to help manage your foot pain and to prevent permanent joint damage.
If you are experiencing foot pain it’s important to see a qualified medical professional that can determine the best way to treat your symptoms. Call your podiatrist today for a comprehensive evaluation.
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.
Most of the surgery that our doctors perform here at Advanced Foot and Ankle care is considered elective, but that does not mean that we do not take it seriously. When we start discussing surgery as an option with our patients we like to go over our protocol for surgical patients and why we have these protocols in place. While our protocols can seem particular to some, there are many reasons for each.
One mandatory thing we require for each of our surgical patients is called PRP, or platelet rich plasma. This is process where a patient’s own blood is enriched with above average levels of platelets to promote healing. Since many of our surgeries requiring manipulating bone, we see anything that can help aid in the healing process as a must. PRP has been around for several decades and is still being studied for its possible applications. New research is showing it may help with arthritis. Since this procedure uses the patient’s own blood, it has little to no side effects. PRP is also a great base for physical therapy, which many of our surgical patients go on to do.
While we use PRP strictly for surgical patients, there are studies coming out that show in office PRP may be able to help with tendonitis. We are always interested in possible applications and processes that are non-invasive but allow for our patients to live better lives.
We all expect to have some aches and pains after a hard workout. But when do aches and pains become signs of a more serious problem? Do you ever have long lasting foot pain after a workout or spending a long time on your feet? If you answer yes to that question, you might have a more serious condition called metatarsalgia. Metatarsalgia is caused when the muscles in the ball of your foot become irritated and inflamed. This can happen from high impact exercises like running or from standing for long periods of time. While those are the most common causes, metatarsalgia can also be cause from poor fitting shoes, excessive weight, or small fractures, called stress fractures, in the foot. People who have arthritis or are prone to gout are more likely to develop this condition.
Some people describe the pain and irritation as having a pebble in their shoe. While it often starts out as an irritating, uncomfortable pain, it can soon progress into unbearable pain leaving the person unable to walk. Metatarsalgia can also cause pain the legs and lower back due to the inflammation throwing off a person’s natural gait. If these symptoms sound like something you or someone you know have been going through, don’t hesitate to call our office and make an appointment. Something as simple as proper footwear can make your symptoms disappear and never come back. Call today for an appointment!
Lady Gaga has been in the news a lot recently, but not for the reasons that you might think. Instead of talking about her music, or her fashion sense, most news outlets have been reporting on the fact that Lady Gaga had to cancel some of her tour dates because of a condition known as “synovitis” affecting her hip. For this reason, this week I thought I’d write about synovitis to shed some light on this condition.
What is Synovitis?
Synovitis is a joint disorder that can occur in many joints other than the hip, including the shoulder, hand, wrist, knee, and especially the ankle and the joints in the foot. It is an inflammation of a special kind of tissue that lines these joints, called the synovial membrane. This membrane is very important because it produces a fluid that acts as a lubricant that helps the joint move. When the membrane is inflamed, the joint becomes swollen with this fluid, and is often very painful.
What causes it?
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of synovitis include joint swelling, warmth, redness, and pain, especially when moving the joint.
How is it treated?
Over the counter medications like aspirin and ibuprofen may work in some cases to relieve pain and swelling. For more severe cases either oral or injectable steroids may be indicated. Surgery is rarely necessary, and reserved only for persistent cases.
Unfortunately for Lady Gaga, it was reported that her problems were more severe than just synovitis. She recently underwent surgery to repair a soft tissue tear in one of the structures of her hip joint; with this type of surgery, she will most likely face a lengthy recovery period.