Hypothyroidism and Foot Pain

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How Abnormal Thyroids Cause Pain in Feet


Patient with under Active Thyroid

Hypothyroidism (an under active thyroid) can lead to foot pain.

Thyroid disease can refer to any dysfunction of the thyroid gland, a large butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. People who have thyroid disease, especially hypothyroidism, often experience foot pain.

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is underactive and no longer produces all the hormones the body needs. The lack of hormones causes chemical disruptions throughout the rest of the body, including the autoimmune system and metabolism. Fortunately, treatment of hypothyroidism is fairly easy if caught early. Patients with the condition often take hormonal supplements in order to keep their body balanced.

Advanced Foot & Ankle of Wisconsin helps patients with hypothyroidism manage foot pain caused by this condition. Learn more about hypothyroidism including:

Primary hypothyroidism symptoms:

  • Weight gain
  • Enlarged thyroid (goiter)
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Dry skin or flaking
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Muscle pain or stiffness

If you notice many of these symptoms, it is best to see your doctor for a formal diagnosis. Once you have confirmed hypothyroidism as the cause of your pain, it is time to move on to treatment. An untreated underactive thyroid can lead to a fatal condition known as myxedema. Other long term complications include heart problems and depression.

Who Is Most Likely to Develop Hypothyroidism?


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A hypothyroidism diagnosis is your first step to treatment.

Post-menopausal women develop hypothyroidism more than any other group since body no longer produces enough hormones after menopause is complete. However, men and women of all ages can develop hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism commonly occurs in those with autoimmune disorders like type 1 diabetes. Rheumatoid arthritis is another condition which can increase your likelihood of a thyroid disorder. If you have an autoimmune disorder you should be on the lookout for symptoms of either an overactive or underactive thyroid.

Finally, if anyone in your family has hypothyroidism your chances of having it increase. Check with your doctor if you have a family history of thyroid disorders.

How Hypothyroidism Causes Foot Pain

The disruption of chemical and hormone production of the body can lead to autoimmune problems. The body begins to attack healthy parts of the body like joints and muscles. The affected areas can swell from inflammation and become stiff. In hypothyroid patients, this frequently occurs in the feet and ankles.

Another foot condition caused by hypothyroidism is tarsal tunnel syndrome (posterior tibial neuralgia). Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in hands and wrists, this condition occurs after the tibial foot nerve is pinched or damaged by pressure. The result is painful burning, numbness, or tingling throughout the foot. Hypothyroidism inflammation is enough to compress the tibial nerve and cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Advanced Foot & Ankle of Wisconsin podiatrists help those experiencing foot pain from hypothyroidism. Visit one of our five Milwaukee area foot and ankle clinics for treatment.

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Hypothyroidism Foot Pain Treatment in Wisconsin


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The podiatrists of Advanced Foot & Ankle of Wisconsin help local hypothyroidism patients handle their foot pain. Stiffness can be treated with physical therapy exercises determined by our podiatrists. We are able to treat pain in the:

One option we offer patients is custom orthotics to alleviate foot pain from hypothyroidism inflammation and swelling. These devices are either rigid, semi-rigid, or accommodative to best support your feet as you walk. They fit directly into your shoes to comfort your feet as you go about your day.

Severe tarsal tunnel syndrome may require surgical intervention. Our orthopedic surgeons will discuss treatment options with you to determine your best options.

Visit Advanced Foot & Ankle of Wisconsin to get treatment for your hypothyroidism foot pain. Our podiatrists are ready to help you!

Schedule an appointment at Advanced Foot & Ankle of Wisconsin to learn what treatment options are available for your hypothyroidism foot pain.