Joint Aches and Weather Changes

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

There is an old wives tale about joint aches and weather going hand in hand, but is there truth to it? Here in Houston we are in the rainy season right now, and if you’ve been feeling more achiness in your bones right before a storm, there is a good reason why.

First of all, it’s unlikely that the weather has any affect on the severity of your arthritis; it only affects your symptoms. There is a reason, though, for this connection between weather and your symptoms, and it is due to a change in barometric pressure, which our bodies may be attuned to. People with arthritis are even more aware of this change, because when the pressure outside the body drops, the pressure inside the body rises. The tissues around the inflamed joints expand and pain is felt.

Arthritis can affect any joint in your body, but it is usually felt in places that get a lot of use, such as your hands and feet. If at any time you feel pain or tenderness in your bones or notice swelling, it might be time to seek medical attention. Arthritis is usually treated fairly easily with the use of orthotics, medication (under a doctor’s care), or physical therapy.

If you are experiencing arthritic pain in your feet, give Dr. Robert Parker a call at (281) 497-2850 or schedule anappointment online. At Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston we are dedicated to helping you put your best and healthiest foot forward.

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