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The response to the question below was authored by Marc Mitnick DPM
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!
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
Marc Mitnick DPM
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