Foot Pain

As we age, we can develop arthritis in just about every part of the body. Feet are especially bothersome because we have to bear weight on them daily. Painful feet can cause us to fall. They can also prevent us from exercising. There are many reasons for this. Here are a few:

  • There are 28 bones in each foot and 30 joints. Some joints can develop arthritis. Ouch!
  • Foot arthritis increases with age.
  • The most common site for arthritis is the big toe.

There are solutions, however. Start with a visit to a podiatrist. This is a doctor who specializes in feet.  He or she may suggest the following:

  • Special shoes. Did you know that as we age, our feet may get larger? It’s important to check shoe size every year.
  • Your podiatrist may suggest orthotic inserts or small braces which can relieve pain.
  • He may suggest that you lose weight. The more pounds per square inch, the more pain you will develop. Losing 5 pounds can relieve 20 pounds of weight force on the feet and ankles.
  • For swollen feet, try ice packs.
  • With your doctor’s recommendation, try over-the-counter anti-inflammatory meds such as ibuprofen. Talk to a pharmacist regarding side effects.
  • Topical medications help.
  • Exercise to maintain flexibility and range of motion.
  • Swimming, bicycling and other low-impact exercises can work wonders.
  • Compression socks. They can reduce inflammation and swelling.

If you have a family member who suffers from foot pain, talk to them about seeing a podiatrist. If foot pain has become a serious problem, get some help with housekeeping. Legacy In-Home Care will help find the right person for those times you need some help.

Give your feet a rest. Call Legacy In-Home Care.