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A little for the climate a little because we move less on average, we can suffer from foot ache in winter more than in summer. If this happens it is good to ask ourselves if we do not have rheumatic diseases because they are the diseases that cause the most problems this season. The name is a bit scary but in this large family of pathologies we find problems of various kinds.
Arthrosis, for example, and all other diseases of joint degeneration, but also inflammatory diseases which then result in damage to joint level. Winter, with its cold temperatures, is the enemy of those who suffer from inflammation because it usually subsides with warmer temperatures or if the affected joint is used.
Sore feet in winter: why
Foot ache in winter can therefore be a manifestation of these rheumatic diseases that cold weather is getting worse than ever. Even humidity does not help and even those who suffer from back pain or joint pain in general know this well. We often talk about rheumatism in general, when autumn arrives and summer is just a memory, but there are more complex pathologies to take into consideration that we often call rheumatism and we neglect. They can be acute and chronic diseases that often affect the feet and its joints, or also other joints, tendons or muscle groups: rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatic fever.
Sore feet in winter: causes
Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that does not affect the feet and that starts with a respiratory tract infection such as tonsillitis or pharyngitis. The cold situations and humidity exacerbate the symptoms that often affect the joints. These are the antibodies produced by the immune system which, instead of fighting the pathogenic microorganism, attack the joints, the heart and the subcutaneous tissue.
Rheumatoid arthritis can affect our feet and is quite painful. To diagnose it it is necessary to do blood tests and see if there is a autoantibody known as rheumatoid factor. This disease is part of the autoimmune category, which means that the immune system does the opposite of what it should. Instead of protecting the human body from external dangers, it attacks its components, especially targeting the smaller joints such as those of the hands and feet. Symptoms are severe pain, swelling and stiffness. It is very important to immediately deal with this disease with careful therapy which, if neglected, can cause progressive bone deformation and therefore also problems with walking and movement up to limiting our autonomy of action.
Sore feet in winter and bone pain
If we are lucky our foot ache in winter can be caused by bone pain from arthrosis. However, it too causes a lot of pain and can make movement difficult, it is a chronic disease that affects feet, knees, spine and hands.
A bad daily routine, too sedentary life or one incorrect posture they can increase bone pain. Let's try to make the picture of our day by identifying some moments in which we are too much at the desk or in static positions, or we perform repetitive movements. It is good to foresee times in which to do physical activity and in the meantime monitor while we are still in order to assume a correct posture.
In the office we try to get up and walk around the desk for stretch our legs every thirty minutes spent sitting. It would be great to include an outdoor walk or a little gym in our day.
At home if we fix the mess or flet's start the cleaning, we are careful to move weights and not to make inappropriate gestures.
In bed we try to relax all muscles. In particular for the feet it can be risky to point them on the edge or keep them tense, often we do not realize it but then they hurt us.
Foot ache ... always
Unfortunately, foot ache does not only come in winter but can also haunt us in summer. In this case the causes can be different: musculoskeletal, vascular, neurological or dermatological. If it is a musculoskeletal problem, the pain affects joints or tendons but, as we have seen, can also be linked to the presence of arthritis, or to poor alignment of the ankle, hallux valgus or hammer toe.
Some foot pains are of traumatic origin and related to an AI injury soft tissue, such as a sprained ankle or even a possible fracture. The vascular origin also includes symptoms such as arterial insufficiency and atherosclerosis. When the causes are neurological, they can consist of neuropathies or tarsal tunnel syndrome.
If we have excluded all this, there are other hypotheses such as that of askin infection bacterial in nature or widespread inflammation of the soft tissues of the ankle and foot.