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Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

Early Signs of Arthritis

Joint pain may be common for those who participate in high intensity sports. It can be caused by injury to muscles, tendons, and ligaments. However, continued pain may be a sign that arthritis is developing. Though it is more common for one to get arthritis with age, it is also something that can gradually develop if repeated injuries happen and proper healing does not take place. There are different types of arthritis, and they fall into the two main categories known as inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis. Inflammatory arthritis results from a systemic disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own joints and tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis is an example of inflammatory arthritis, and is a symmetrical problem that affects both sides of the body at the same time. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative ailment that comes from wear and tear on joints over time. This is a typical type of arthritis that can affect the big toe. If you are experiencing joint pain in your feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can properly diagnose whether arthritis is the cause and offer treatment options.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact David K. Morris, DPM from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

Flexible Flat Feet Is Common in Babies

The majority of the population have an arch on the inside of their foot. It is a condition that is noticed when the foot lies flat on the floor, and it is easy to see the absent arch. Most babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops during the pre-teen years. Baby fat will disguise the arch as it develops, which happens when the bones begin to grow and harden. The most common type of this condition affecting children is flexible flat feet, which generally will not cause serious problems. Whether rigid or stiff, flat feet may lead to necessary treatment and may require orthotics to be worn. It is important to wear shoes that fit correctly, and this may help to reduce existing pain. If you have flat feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward treatment options and pain relief, if needed.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact David K. Morris, DPM from Florida. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an auto-immune disease that causes pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. The feet, which contain multiple joints, are often affected by this inflammatory condition. The immune system, instead of protecting the joints, sends antibodies into the lining of the joints causing the tissue surrounding the joint to become inflamed. This results in damage to the bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Many people are affected by RA, but most develop it between the ages of 40 and 50. Women are three times more likely to have rheumatoid arthritis than men, largely due to hormonal differences. Also, it affects many people who smoke or have a genetic tendency toward the disease. RA causes throbbing and aching pain, and may induce fatigue and fever along with a loss of appetite. Rheumatoid arthritis is not curable, but measures may be taken to reduce the symptoms. If you think you may have RA that is affecting your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for treatment options. 

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 David K. Morris, DPM of Florida. Our doctor 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 Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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