When left untreated, psoriatic arthritis can lead to problems with a number of foot disorders, such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, nail and skin changes, and foot deformities.
Do you suffer from psoriasis, and suspect that your feet may be suffering from psoriatic arthritis? Here are seven ways to care for your feet to prevent your condition from worsening.
1. See a podiatrist
A podiatrist can perform a full examination of your feet to determine whether your feet are suffering from psoriatic arthritis. In addition to offering arthritis treatment, your podiatrist can also help treat psoriasis so you can avoid debilitation as a result of foot pain.
2. Avoid weight-bearing exercises
Weight-bearing exercises such as walking, dancing, and hiking can cause you to experience aches and pains in your feet. Engage in more low-impact exercises such as swimming and biking to prevent psoriatic arthritis from worsening.
3. Get your feet measured
Ask your podiatrist to measure your feet for length and width so you can choose shoes that fit properly. Your foot doctor can also provide recommendations as to the right types of shoes you can wear to treat or prevent psoriatic arthritis.
4. Wear shoes that allow room for swelling
Psoriatic arthritis can cause your feet to swell, especially during times of flare-ups. In these instances, you may need to wear shoes that are slightly longer and wider, depending on how your feet react to flare-ups.
5. Wear shoes with good arch and heel support
Shoes with proper arch and heel support can provide extra comfort and cushion to alleviate pain and prevent the onset of arthritis. If you’re having difficulty with finding the right type of shoes that offer great support, consult with your podiatrist about having custom shoe inserts or orthotics made for your shoes.
6. Consider wearing ankle splints
Ankle splints are normally used to help stabilize injuries to bones, and can help minimize movement at the joint while also providing support and comfort. Consider wearing ankle splints if your ankles are particularly weak or painful, or wear shoes that offer high ankle support.
7. Do stretching exercises
Stretching your feet can often help alleviate aches and pains associated with psoriatic arthritis. Lie down flat on your bed with your feet extending off the end of the mattress. Hold your legs still, and move your feet up, down, and around in circular motions. Repeat 10 times, and practice this exercise at least once per day.
Call Kansas City Foot Specialists to schedule an evaluation at (913) 338-4440, or request an appointment online so we can determine the true cause of your injury and get you back on your feet.