Two Causes of Ongoing Foot Pain

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Did you know that the leading cause of long-term pain and disability in people the world over is bone and joint pain? Mid-October is the time to observe Bone and Joint Action Week, so here at Bay Podiatry Associates we want to focus on a couple of diseases that affect your feet’s bones.

Arthritis

Arthritis is one of the most common causes of sustained foot and ankle pain. Arthritis is used as a general term for joint inflammation. What can cause this inflammation?

  • One kind is osteoarthritis, or “wear and tear” arthritis. Daily use of your feet wears the barrier between bones, causing them to break down. Everyday things like walking, standing, running, sports and more add to this break down. When those bones run against one another, it causes joint inflammation.

  • Another type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, which is caused by autoimmune disease. The body can attack itself in some way and cause joint pain and inflammation.

Arthritis will cause degeneration in your joints, causing foot deformity and eventually making walking difficult or causing you to be unable to walk. Podiatric treatment will help to slow the disease’s progress. Treatment usually involves a combination of medication, orthotics, physical therapy, and regular exercise.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can affect your feet just like any of the other bones in your body. Osteoporosis causes bones to lose mass and become thin, weak, brittle and easily broken. One of the first signs of osteoporosis is small cracks in the bones of your foot. This disease can easily be prevented by getting plenty of Vitamin D and calcium in your diet. Weight-bearing exercises such as walking or jogging with weights or strength training in a gym can help to prevent osteoporosis as well.

Arthritis and osteoporosis are two of the many ways in which bone and joint pain can strike in your feet and ankles. During Bone and Joint Action Week, the optimal word is action. If you have pain in your feet or ankles, the most important action you can take is to call your podiatrist. Pain is not a normal sign of aging and should be addressed immediately.

If you are suffering from bone or joint pain in your feet, we are here to help! Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas can help to diagnose and treat any foot or ankle issues you might be experiencing. To schedule an appointment at our Brooklyn, NY office, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.