Most of us with RA have pain in our feet and ankles. According to an article I read on Medscape, up to 85 percent of people with RA will experience painful feet or ankles at sometime during their life with this disease. During the first year of diagnosis, 57 percent of patients report foot and/or ankle pain.
Statistics are important, but statistics are numbers. What really matters to us is that our feet hurt . When our feet hurt, we have trouble getting around, and that is a bad thing for anyone. Not being able to walk keeps us from going places we want to go. It limits even more the amount of exercise we are able to do on a daily basis, and it isolates us socially.
A few weeks ago, I was experiencing a lot of pain in my feet and ankles. I noticed that I was “shuffling” instead of walking, and I was walking on the inside edges of my feet. My ankles were turning in, as evidenced by the shoes sitting in my closet. They all looked as though a I was wearing them w...
In the first segment , we covered what things could be causing our feet to hurt. In the last segment we covered symptoms and how to report them to our doctor. In this segment, we will review treatments options for our painful feet.
Did you know our feet talk? It’s true; our feet can tell us about our overall health. Take a minute to review what our feet tell us, here . This slideshow covers many of the topics we reviewed in the first segment and gives us a clear picture of how our feet talk to us in more ways than one.
The Next Step
What a metaphor—one-step at a time. If our foot pain is more than soreness from normal wear and tear created by their performance under pressure, it’s time to consider a treatment plan. Plans vary with what is causing our foot pain, it is not a one-shoe-fits-all approach. Foot pain can have a variety of causes , symptoms , and individualized treatments.
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As I’m sitting here thinking about what to write, it occurred to me that it’s cold outside and I have two fires going in my home. I’m parked in the dining room chair gazing at the crackling fire for thought of what to write and cold weather thoughts enter my mind. As a kid growing up in a suburb of Philadelphia, winter was fun, sledding down mountain roads, riding horseback in fresh snow, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing. They are some of my most vivid memories. But do I remember being cold and in particular my hands and feet? I worked at the barn in the freezing temperatures, but I don’t remember being cold… How could raw temperatures in the teens escape my memory? The reason, of course, is energy output!! My basal temperature is lower than average. My husband laughs at me because I run in long sleeves and tights until it hits 75 degrees! I’m never in the cold standing… well, maybe once, helping sell Christmas trees at my step son’s HS cross country fundraiser. And ye...
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