Why do the joints in my feet feel achy and stiff?

If you are experiencing joints that are achy and stiff, you may have a condition called bursitis.

Bursitis often develops near joints that perform repetitive motion. In your foot, the heel and base of the big toe are often affected. There are small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae that act as cushions near your joints. Bursitis occurs when these small sacs become inflamed. The inflammation can cause the achiness and stiffness that you are feeling.

Having a foot deformity such as bunions or hammertoes, which cause the foot to rub against the inside of shoes can result in bursitis. Over pronation, flat feet, obesity, high impact activities and trauma can also cause this condition.

What can be done to treat bursitis?

Icing, anti-inflammatory medications, custom orthotics and injection therapy are just a few of the treatment options available. Surgical intervention may be necessary in some cases to get full relief of pain.

We don’t often take much notice of our feet until they hurt. Having joints that are achy and stiff can interrupt your daily activities and put a halt to your exercise routine. This makes it especially important to determine the cause and treatment for your pain.

Dr. Danciger can diagnose the true cause of your aches and stiffness and start you on the right course of treatment. Call him today (760) 568-0108 to schedule an appointment and put a stop to your foot pain.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle