Arthritis is the most common medical condition that affects people over the age of 50, but because of this, many people incorrectly assume that arthritis discomfort is a normal part of aging. Arthritis that causes pain or dysfunction is never normal, and you need to know what signs and symptoms suggest that you’d benefit from a consultation with a foot specialist. In today’s blog, we share some of the signs that suggest you should talk to a foot specialist about your arthritis-related discomfort.
When To Treat Foot Arthritis
Like a number of health conditions, arthritis is best treated when caught at an earlier stage. And while treatment may not be able to restore your joints to full health, treatment is essential for preventing further progression and symptom severity. The sooner you start taking your condition seriously, the better the area will respond to treatment. With that in mind, here are some symptoms that suggest you should consult with a foot specialist:
- Foot Swelling – If you’re dealing with swelling in your ankle or foot joints, consider setting up an appointment with a specialist. Swelling suggests that there is constant irritation or inflammation in the joint, and that’s only going to serve to further damage the joint and delay healing.
- Tenderness – If your foot or ankle is tender to the touch, or you’re dealing with pain or sensitivity when walking, now is the time to connect with a foot specialist. Tenderness suggests that your joint is in a weakened and fragile state, and continuing to go about your day as normal can lead to worsening symptoms.
- Decreased Ankle Mobility – If the only symptom you’re dealing with is decreased mobility and flexibility, you may not think that it’s a big deal, but having strong and mobile feet is key to keeping you upright and balanced. Older individuals are at an increased risk for fall injuries, and that’s especially true if they have flexibility limitations in their ankles or feet.
- Redness/Heat – Redness and heat in the joint area suggest that an inflammatory response is being triggered in the area, and if normal actions like walking or standing are causing these symptoms, there’s an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. If you’re noticing these sensations, connect with a foot specialist.
- Pain – Pain is one of the most obvious indicators that something is amiss with your foot, and again, know that pain and discomfort is not a normal part of aging. Left untreated, it’s almost certain that your foot pain will only get worse as time goes on and arthritic degeneration progresses. Instead, connect with a foot specialist and work towards less foot pain in the future.
We put a lot of stress and strain on our feet over the years, so it’s not uncommon for them to show signs of arthritic degeneration. However, it’s important that you heed these early warning signs and protect your feet so that they stay healthy and functional long into your golden years. For more information, or for help with a different foot or ankle issue, reach out to Dr. McDonald and his team today at (860) 244-8889.