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Stiff painful feeling in the feet



When I give my first steps in the morning, both my feet feel stiff and they hurt for a little while. Then I`ve also noticed that my feet swell up when I`m sitting down (like at the table). Could you help me figure out the problem?


The symptoms you describe, pain and stiffness in the morning and late day swelling, are complex and may or may not be related to each other. Two common conditions can cause pain and stiffness in the morning, arthritis and plantar fasciitis although there could be others. The swelling my be related to arthritis but can also be something more serious such as circulation problems. For this reason an examination by your foot care specialist is advisable.

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Jeffrey M Robbins, DPM Jeffrey M Robbins, DPM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University