Each year, between October 12th and October 20th, the United States Bone and Joint Initiative organizes Bone and Joint Action Week to raise awareness for conditions that affect these vital parts of the musculoskeletal system. Our bones support our body, and our joints support the connections between bones so that we can move. Our feet are composed of many bones and joints, meaning inflammation or growths can cause serious pain.
This week, we want to highlight 3 conditions that can cause discomfort in the bones and joints of the feet:
- Heel spurs: Heel spurs are outgrowths of bone that most commonly occur in the heel and in areas that are subject to constant pressure. They might also be the result of calcium or bone deposits settling in the heel. Heel spurs can be treated with orthotics, properly fitting footwear, medication, or surgery.
- Arthritis: Arthritis is inflammation of joints, and it is one of the most common conditions affecting the aging population, mostly because the feet have supported the weight of the body for many years. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and stiffness, and treatment includes physical therapy, ice baths, medication, or massages.
- Osteochondromas: Osteochondromas are benign tumors that grow on the bone underneath the toenail, most commonly in young adults. They might cause pain if they irritate surrounding tissue or grow into a toenail. Depending on your condition, your doctor might recommend close observation of the osteochondroma or a surgical solution.
Keep your bones and joints healthy by eating a diet rich in calcium, perform weight-bearing exercises, and maintain an appropriate body weight. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico of Syracuse Podiatry recommends that this week, you take the time to perform a foot self-exam to determine if you are having any bone or joint pain. If so, Dr. D’Amico would be happy to see you in his Fayetteville office for treatment and for information about nutrition for your feet and ankles. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please contact Dr. D’Amico and his staff or call (315) 446-3668!