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The Role of Podiatry in Managing Arthritis Foot Pain

Date published: 2023-12-27

Arthritis is a rather common condition and affects millions of people all around the world. Such a medical condition causes issues including joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. It is a painful condition that impacts normal life, thus making it hard for the sufferer to carry out daily tasks. This condition is usually associated with ageing. Arthritis can affect people of all ages, including children.

You have various ways to treat this problem, such as medicines, surgery, and manual therapy. However, podiatrists can also play a major role in helping you manage the symptoms of arthritis and improving the quality of your life when you are suffering from the condition.

What role does a podiatrist play?

In the context of arthritis treatment, a podiatrist is supposed to identify the disorder, diagnose it, and treat it. They can also deal with other deformities and diseases that may affect your ankles and feet.

A podiatrist will recommend X-rays so they can diagnose the arthritic issue, following this an appropriate treatment plan would be provided. They can make sure that you get the right care in a timely fashion.

  • Treatments for arthritic foot pain may include:

  • Steroid injections to reduce inflammation

  • Custom orthotics

  • Surgery

Tips that a podiatrist may provide to help with arthritis pain

There are a lot of suggestions that you will get from your podiatrist when it comes to managing the pain you are suffering because of the arthritis in your feet. These may include:

  • Wearing supportive shoes

  • Custom orthotics

  • Foot exercises

  • Medication management

  • Weight management

  • Physiotherapy

  • Hot or cold therapy

When should you visit a podiatrist?

Arthritis can affect the structure of your feet as well as their function. Thus, you must consult with a podiatric specialist when you see any one or more of the symptoms enumerated below:

  • swelling in joints – even one is a sufficient cause

  • limitation in the motion of a joint

  • recurring tenderness or pain in any joint

  • early morning stiffness

  • heat or redness in a joint

Your podiatrist can play a crucial role in helping you manage the pain you suffer from arthritis. Podiatrists are highly qualified individuals who can assess, diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems.

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