How Cooler Weather Affects Arthritic Feet

As winter approaches, it can bring with it an increase in pain and inflammation in people with arthritis. This is believed to be caused by changes in barometric pressure rather than by cold and damp climates. When the barometer is up, the pressure pushes against the body and keeps tissues from expanding. The opposite is true when the barometer drops. The lower pressure allows the tissues to expand and they in turn put pressure on the nerves that transmit feelings of pain. This explains why many people with arthritis say they can predict a storm. They feel the pain as the barometer drops. Physical activity can help to reduce joint pain and increase flexibility. Experts suggest keeping active during colder months by walking indoors and wearing looser layers of clothing to trap body heat. Wearing socks and waterproof boots are recommended if you are outdoors. See a podiatrist for further information on how to manage your arthritis pain.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Scott Samera, DPM from Samera / Foot + Ankle. 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 Lake City and Branford, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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