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Psoriatic Arthritis and Foot Care

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

Psoriatic arthritis is a specific kind of arthritis that is connected with a skin and nail disease named psoriasis. Individuals living with psoriatic arthritis, or any kind of arthritis, should take extra special care of their feet because of the foot conditions they are susceptible to. If you are living with psoriatic arthritis, consider taking proper care of your feet by keeping them dry, as opposed to wet or moist. When the feet are moist, they essentially become a breeding ground for a host of different fungi and bacteria. Therefore, be sure that the shoes and socks you are wearing are dry and lack any kind of damaging moisture. Additionally, if you are living with psoriatic arthritis, consider wearing shoes that are safe and comfortable. Although it may go without saying, shoes that are too tight or have heels that are too high can put individuals at an increased risk of developing a detrimental foot condition. Contact a podiatrist today if you are living with arthritis. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. James D. McAlexander from Gig Harbor Foot and Ankle Clinic. 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 Gig Harbor, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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