Foot Pain?

  • By Judith Sullivan
  • 30 Mar, 2017

07 Dec 2015

Author/blogger Reggie Simpson

Signs It May Be Serious

While you may think your foot pain is nothing to worry about, it may be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. Diseases such as arthritis, diabetes and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) all have significant effects on the feet, leading to potential discomfort.

There are further conditions that could also contribute, for example, thyroid problems. When the gland is not functioning effectively, your nerves may become affected, leading to odd sensations in the feet.

While some conditions are temporary and easily treated, others will require more in-depth medical attention:

Arthritis

In the UK, arthritis is a common condition that affects approximately 10 million people in some form. Around 400,000 of these people suffer from rheumatoid arthritis specifically, which occurs when the body’s natural defence system becomes weakened.

Up to 90% of people with rheumatoid arthritis will experience symptoms relating to their feet or ankles. The joints may become swollen and uncomfortable due to damage, which can also result in the shape of the toes and feet changing over time.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a treatable condition through medication, exercise or surgery, so it’s important to see a health professional at the first sign of foot discomfort.

Diabetes

Since the 1990s, the number of people in the United Kingdom diagnosed with diabetes has been rising. While today the figure stands at approximately 2.9 million, it is expected to rise to around 5 million by 2025.

Diabetes is a condition that prevents the body from using glucose and blood sugar as fuel, causing it to build up in the bloodstream.

The excess sugars may cause nerve damage and harm blood vessels in the feet, which can result in a decrease in sensitivity and a compromised flow of blood.

Due to today’s medication and treatments, diabetes can be managed.  However, it’s important for people suffering from the condition to take care of their health, wear supportive footwear and reduce their risk of foot trauma.

If you’re experiencing abnormal severe foot pain, tell a doctor straight away for a quicker diagnosis.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Peripheral Arterial Disease, referred to as PAD ,is a commonly occurring condition that results in a restricted blood supply to the leg muscles due to a build-up of fatty deposits.

While many people with the condition experience little to no symptoms, others may experience cramping in the calves and upper legs whilst moving around. PAD can also lead to foot pain or discomfort and prevent foot wounds from healing effectively.

The condition can be treated with medication and simple lifestyle changes, so get in touch with a professional today if you’re experiencing cramps or discomfort.

By getting yourself checked out at the first sign of these symptoms, you’ll be able to rest in the knowledge you’re well taken care of.  Foot care is important, so listen to your body and don’t take any risks!


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