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September 09, 2015
Category: joint pain
Tags: foot pain   joint pain   arthritis  

There are several types of arthritis affecting the feet and toes. The feet has over 30 joints making it a prime location for arthritis. Normal wear and tear is just one of the reasons why the feet is the most common place for arthritis to develop. After all, the feet is responsible for supporting our weight and cushions the force of high-impact activities such as running and jumping.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joints in our feet. It causes inflammation and destroys the cartilage. Swelling makes simple movements such as walking or standing painful. Inflammation irritates surrounding nerves giving the sensation of pain.

Gout is more commonly found in men than women. This is largely due to lifestyle habits rather than physical differences. Leading causes of gout includes heavy drinking, eating too much meat and overweight problems.

Rheumatoid arthritis can cause foot deformities. It can lead to crippling foot problems making it difficult if not unbearable to move the feet. Foot and toe deformities include the formation of hammertoes, claw toes and bunions.

Treatment options and management of foot arthritis is easier when diagnosed early. This is why visiting a podiatrist is recommended when the first signs of arthritis is observed. Dr. Jeffrey Petty is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.

Do you have arthritis?

Morning stiffness – foot joints that are hard to move in the morning. It can be a sign of degenerative arthritis that starts from a few minutes and goes on for a few hours as the disease progresses.

Numbness and tingling – inflammation affect surrounding nerves that can cause a burning or tingling sensation.

Pain – stiffness is usually accompanied by pain. Inflammation in the joints can irritate surrounding nerves. It can also damage tissues and cartilage.

Joint stiffness – this is usually begins with the small joints. As the condition progresses it moves to other joints.

Swelling- this is a clear indication of inflammation in the joints.

Limited range of movement – arthritis affects our foot joints which is responsible for normal foot movement.

Arthritis is a debilitating disease that can have a huge impact on a person’s quality of life. A quick visit to a podiatrist could give you more information about the effects of arthritis and its treatments.

At Corsicana Foot and Ankle located in Corsicana, Tx, we specialize in helping people with foot disorders.  To schedule an appointment call 903-872-9910.  

By Dr. Jeff Petty
October 21, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Foot fracture   foot pain  

Stress fractures are a very common painful condition effecting the foot seen in the Corsicana Foot Clinic. Many times this condition is difficult to detect and under treated. This is because stress fractures don’t typically occur from an injury or trauma, as with a sprain, but rather from repetitive stress on the foot.

Stress fractures are tiny, hairline breaks in the bones. They can occur in any bone, but most often afflict the weight-bearing bones of the foot. Active people are especially susceptible to stress fractures but we have treated stress fracutures in people of all ages. Stress fractures frequently results from over training and activities such as running, basketball, and walking.  People with abnormal foot structure or weakened bones are also be more vulnerable to suffer a stress fracture.

Stress fractures may come on gradually and may not present obvious symptoms at first, Symptoms may persist for an extended period of time before the diagnosis of a stress fracture is even made. Pain is the primary symptom of a stress fracture. This pain usually worsens with activity and is relieved with rest and elevation of the foot. Swelling often occurs in the area of the stress fracture with prolonged activity but this may be absent.

The most common symptoms of stress fractures include:

  • Pain with activity usually relieved with rest
  • Swelling at the site of the fracture
  • Tenderness and swelling at a point on the bone

How To Treat Stress Fractures:

Treatment for stress fractures are aimed at taking the pressure off the foot. Rest, icing the foot three times a day x 20 minutes and elevation are recommended as an initial treatment. It is important to  minimize weight bearing activities until the pain has improved. Other treatments may include immobilization of the foot with a surgical shoe, footwear modifications with padding, orthotic devices and anti-inflammatory oral medications.

Prompt diagnosis is essential to prevent further damage and improve recovery time as stress fractures tend to get worse and may even lead to a complete bone fracture if not treated right away. Dr. Petty will examine your foot or ankle, take a digial x-ray to determine if there is a break or crack in the bone and recommend an appropriate treatment plan to get you back on your feet comfortably. We cater to cowards so call us today! (902) 872-9910.

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