Why You Really Hurt, It All Starts in the Foot by Dr. Burton S. Shuler
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Why You Really Hurt

It All Starts in the foot

by Dr. Burton S. Shuler

Arthritis and its related conditions are one of the most common reason for people's feet to hurt. Arthritis are conditions that affect the joints and other soft tissues of the feet. In the foot as in the whole body, the most common form of arthritis of the joints is called osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is due to excessive stress and strain, or just plain old wear and tear on the joints of the foot; many times due to a Morton's Toe. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most crippling form of arthritis. It not only affects the joints like osteoarthritis, but also can cause severe deformities of the joints, with an associated weakness and fatigue of the whole body. Its causes are presently unknown. Other causes of arthritis include physical injury, obesity, poor shoes, and Gout.
There are several other conditions that are first cousins to arthritis of the joints. These conditions are caused by swelling of the soft tissue structures of the feet. They are Plantar Fascitiis, Bursitis, Tendinitis Tenosynovitis, Capsulitis, and Synovitis. These conditions can cause as much pain as arthritis of the joints, and can appear either along or with arthritis involving the joints.
The most common self-treatment in the early stages of arthritis or its cousins is aspirin, or some of the other over the counter pain medications. If these foot conditions don't respond to such treatment, it is time to consult a podiatrist who will compile a careful medical history and perform a detailed examination of the foot. X-rays are normally taken to determine the extent of the problem.
Arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, tenosynovitis, capsulitis, and synovitis are some of the most common problem seen by podiatrist. The good news is that these problems are very treatable with the use of stress-free Physical Therapy, and padding and strappings that remove the abnormal stress and strains on the foot, caused by the Morton's Toe which is the real reason of the arthritis in many cases. We also do this with Orthotics.

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