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foot stiffness

by Josette
(Denver, CO)

When I wake in the morning my feet are extremely stiff radiating to my achilles. I have only had this condition for the last two months. I eat a well balanced diet and exercise regularly. I am not overweight. I do have scoliosis and a varicose vein in my right leg behind the knee, it is not bulging and it does not bother me, nor has it changed much over the years. I drink 32 oz of water per day and 1 cup of green tea each night. I recently quit smoking (3-5 cig a day habit) through the help of Chantix. I noticed this after I stopped taking the Chantix after 6 weeks and sucsecfuly quit. This has been the only medication I have taken. Could this possibly be a side effect? I am not sure as it has been 3 months since I stopped using the Chantix? Perhaps it is toxins? I rub my feet each night before bed to no avail. I have tried sleeping with my feet elevated to no avail. Could I just be out of alignment due to my scoliosis or is it a circulatory issue. Do I need arch supports? My feet only are stiff in the morning or when I have been in one position too long, but the most severe discomfort is in the AM. I hope you can help. Thank You!



Sincerely
Josette

Hi Josette,

As far as I know Chantix has no side effects that relate to the musculo-skeletal system. You do not mention your age, but if you are over 40 the first thing I would think of is osteoarthritis, or more commonly known as the wear and tear arthritis that we all develop to some extent as we get older. Your "morning stiffness" is classical osteoarthritis. Most people will have pain or stiffness when they first rise but as they move around the joints loosen up and the pain and stiffness go away.
Your condition does not sound circulatory in nature but if you have any concerns about your circulation you should have it checked.
Arch supports or orthotics may be very beneficial for osteoarthritis as they hold the foot in better alignment and keep the joints from prematurely wearing out.
Lastly, there are many natural substances you can try to reduce the inflammation of osteoarthritis. View my page on arthritis.
Good luck
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Aug 23, 2013
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pain
by: Anonymous

I don't know what to do any more all I do is cry at times because when I sit down I am fine I can move my ankle. It's just when I walk it starts to hurt and I can't stand it at time that I have to sit down again. I can move my toes the pain is in my arch. do I have arthritis or is something more or do I need to go see a doctor or buy some orthotics sometimes it gets stiff the arch that I have to message it or exercise which at times it hurts. it that serious that I need to go to a doctor or therapy or loose. I am only 27 years

Aug 23, 2013
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pain
by: Anonymous

I don't know what to do any more all I do is cry at times because when I sit down I am fine I can move my ankle. It's just when I walk it starts to hurt and I can't stand it at time that I have to sit down again. I can move my toes the pain is in my arch. do I have arthritis or is something more or do I need to go see a doctor or buy some orthotics sometimes it gets stiff the arch that I have to message it or exercise which at times it hurts. it that serious that I need to go to a doctor or therapy.

Aug 23, 2013
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pain
by: Anonymous

I don't know what to do any more all I do is cry at times because when I sit down I am fine I can move my ankle. It's just when I walk it starts to hurt and I can't stand it at time that I have to sit down again. I can move my toes the pain is in my arch. do I have arthritis or is something more or do I need to go see a doctor or buy some orthotics sometimes it gets stiff the arch that I have to message it or exercise which at times it hurts. it that serious that I need to go to a doctor or therapy.

Feb 21, 2011
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stiffness and pain in the feet
by: wanda

Iam 57 yrs old and i have stiffness in my feet really bad. I was told i had a little arthritis.I went thru cemotherpy and seems like it has gotten worse. I have bought so many pairs of shoes and nothing seems to help. My doctor put me on pain medicine and thats the only way i can sleep. when i take my shoes off at night they really hurt pain is so bad i almost cry. now iam having this pain doing the day and i can't stand it.Pain is not there all the time it comes and goes but when it hurts and then stops i get really hot all over not sure what is going on please help i can't take this much more.

May 27, 2009
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foot pain
by: Anonymous

my name is Mary and I am 59 yrs old recently I have been suffering with pain in my feet sometimes I have cramps in my feet and sometimes they get stiff or numb until I start moving around .but this is different most of last week I felt as if someone had hit me across my foot with an ax ,well this week it started as a little pain around the arch area and it hurt just a little all day but after walking while coming in from work it got worse andwhen I took of my shoes to go to bed it was unbearable,I had to apply heat and take pain meds what is this can you please tell me what to do.

Feb 17, 2008
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Thank You
by: Josette

Thank You for my answer! I am 43. I have been schedule for a bone density scan, allingment, and I am in the process of getting orthotics made, and checking out the natural remedies.
Thank again!
What a great web site!
Sincerely

Josette

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