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i am having pains in my foot whilst walking - i am wondering

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i am having pains in my foot whilst walking - i am wondering it it the beginning of arthritis.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 3 years ago.

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hello do you have any pain after waking up in the morning

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how long have you had this pain?

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how long have you had this pain?

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no only when i am walking

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only when i am walking.

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how long have you had this pain?

JACUSTOMER-els7wwvf- :

not long a few months now

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do you have pain in any other joints like the knee or shoulder joint?

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no

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is there any swelling of the joints of the foot?

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no

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well in that case this does not sound like arthritis but more like a ligament or tendon pain

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arthritis usually begins with pain in the big joints like the knee or shoulder joint

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what should i do with it.

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some forms of arthritis like gout starts in the foot but usually there is swelling and tenderness of the joints

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in the absense of these symptoms, tendon or ligament injury is more likely rather than arthritis

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treatment for such pains is usually with binders and physiotherapy

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binders like crepe bandage or specialized foot splints can be used

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foot exercises can also be advised which will help to heal

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but you need to see your doctor first

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your doctor needs to examine the foot to determine the cause of the pain

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tests like blood tests are needed to rule out arthritis

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MRI can also be done of the foot if your doctor wants to find the point of injury

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your doctor can also advise you on the best types of splints to use and also the appropriate exercises

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so see your doctor for this

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it is best to see an Orthopedics doctor who are the appropriate specialists for this

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ask about arthritis and about tendon and ligament injuries

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ask about doing blood tests for arthritis and also whether an MRI is necessary

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also ask about foot binders and physiotherapy

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this will help you get an informed discussion and help you to get the best care

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Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 3 years ago.
Hi
I was following your question.
I have some additional information

In the United Kingdom, the specialist for you to see is a podiatrist, not an orthopedic surgeon
As well, there are a couple of causes for this foot pain which should be mentioned- one you could have an occult foot fracture- you may not remember the trauma, but you may have one from walking or running. This needs an xray to assess.
Another cause of this could be inflammation of the tissue at the bottom of the foot. This is called plantar fasciitis. The treatment for this is stretching the toes by pulling them back and taking motrin or ibuprofen as needed. Other less common causes would be a neuroma or tendon/ligament issues as described above.
At this point, I would suggest, getting comfortable shoes fitted by a proper salesperson with inserts, if needed. Take motrin as needed for pain and stretch out the toes every morning.
If you still have pain after about 3 weeks of doing this, then see a podiatrist.

I hope that this helps!

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