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Joint Pain in the Foot

Common Causes and Management of Foot Joint Pain

The complex structure of the foot is made up of 26 bones and over 30 joints, and dealing with pain in any of these joints is a common affliction. Symptoms such as swelling, stiffness, tenderness, bruising, redness, or an increase in warmth can often accompany this pain.

Various factors, like injuries, infections, inflammation, types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, bursitis, gout, or even structural issues with the foot, can lead to joint pain. Initially, strategies like resting the affected foot, elevating it, reducing walking or weight-bearing activities, and the administration of NSAIDs like ibuprofen can be effective. Applying ice can also help in decreasing inflammation and alleviating pain. Furthermore, the use of custom orthotic devices can be recommended to offer support and diminish discomfort. For an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plan, consulting a foot and ankle surgeon is advisable.

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Dr. Kris Dinucci