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Foot Pain May Be Indicative of Lupus

Foot pain and limited mobility may be indicators of a systemic disease called lupus. The symptoms may be like those of arthritis, and can affect the tissue structures in the foot and ankle. Additional signs of lupus include pain and swelling in the joints of the feet, skin lesions, and tenderness. Lupus is a chronic disorder, and the percentage of people who have accompanying foot pain is high. In severe cases,  foot pain from lupus may lead to vasculitis and possible toe amputation. The ankle is often affected with this condition, and may cause considerable disability. This may lead to difficulty in completing daily activities, and lupus is considered to be a high risk condition concerning the feet. Patients may have difficulty with proper shoe fitting, and this may be a result of increased pressure on the feet from musculoskeletal dysfunction. If you are suffering from foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose the source of the pain, and offer treatment recommendations.

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly.  If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Alex Yanovskiy, DPM from Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Des Plaines , IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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