Foot Pain and COVID-19 – Umina Podiatry

Foot Pain and COVID-19

There has been a lot of confusion around symptoms caused by coronavirus, and determining if you have a common cold, normal winter flu, hay fever from the wattle flowers – which seem to have come early in some places, or if it’s COVID-19 and you need to isolate.
Of course we all know now that the only way to be sure is to have a test.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include

  • fever (37.5 ° or higher)
  • cough
  • sore/scratchy throat
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell or
  • loss of taste.

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You may have read about “COVID Toes” which describes a red and sometimes itchy rash similar to chilblains appearing in people who have COVID-19. The toes and sometimes fingers develop an inflammatory reaction which may indicate more serious complications of COVID-19, and some doctors in the UK are calling for this rash to be added to the list of common symptoms.

 

We have all had a cough or a sore throat at some time. They are annoying, uncomfortable, and can stop you from doing things you love. A cough can sap your energy and lay you low for weeks. A sore throat can mean you don’t eat and drink properly, causing dehydration and further sickness.

coughs and sore throats are annoying

Usually when things are not improving you would decide to get some help for your symptoms. These days you would likely be sent for a COVID test, and the next steps will depend on the result. This is because your symptoms can have many different causes. It could be the seasonal flu, something chronic like emphysema, or even COVID-19. The thing is, without the right tests and your doctor’s diagnosis, all you have is a cough or a sore throat, and no idea of the right way to treat it.

foot pain is annoying

Foot pain is very similar to a cough or a sore throat in that it is a symptom, not a condition. You will often be told that heel pain is a “spur” or even that scary sounding “plantar fasciitis”, or that your foot pain is “metatarsalgia” or “fallen arches”. There are thousands of websites selling products that promise a cure for all kinds of foot pain.

Just like a cough or a sore throat, there are many different reasons foot pain, and you definitely need to be tested to establish the true cause of the problem.

The thing is that not all foot pain conditions are treated the same way. You can spend time and energy, not to mention money, on treatments that simply don’t work.
If your pain is not improving after a few weeks then it is time to get professional advice. With a detailed clinical history, appropriate tests and assessments, and footwear review we can establish a diagnosis and treatment plan.

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