Harvard Health Letter

Quick fixes for your aching feet

Addressing arch, tendon, and nail pain will protect your mobility and independence.

You're not alone if you've developed pain in your feet since the temperatures outside dropped. "Colder weather makes you realize there's a problem," says Dr. Jim Ioli, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. "You're no longer wearing sandals, and your feet are enclosed in shoes. That brings pain to your attention." Address these ailments as soon as possible.

Fallen arches

Age, obesity, and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus can cause the primary tendon in your foot (the posterior tibial tendon) to stretch and lose elasticity. It results in pain in your arch, behind the ankle and up the leg. "Unfortunately, the loss of elasticity is permanent," says Dr. Ioli.

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