Arthritis is characterized by stiffness and inflammation in your joints. Many patient’s complain that in the cool, damp weather, their joints with arthritis become more painful. Some patient’s even claim they can predict the weather by their joint pain! Have you ever wondered why your arthritis becomes flared up when it rains?  This happens because rain causes the barometric pressure to drop. Barometric pressure or, “weight of the air,” is the force exerted on the body by the atmosphere. This increased force on the body can cause swelling of the soft tissues, which will put more pressure on already inflamed joints. It will also cause compression of nerves.

How do I prevent arthritis pain during the cool, damp months?

Most importantly, wear warm clothes and many layers. This will help to preserve body heat. You can always take layers off, but you can’t always put them on! Secondly, exercise is important. Physical activity will help to stretch muscles and loosen joints, to prevent stiffness. Consider a new, fun activity, such as dance or yoga. Even your daily, household chores will help to loosen you up!

Some type of arthritis are…

  • Osteoarthritis– This is a type of degenerative disease of your joints. It primarily happens with age, but can also happen from chronic “wear and tear” or overuse of your joints.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis- Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. If affects not only the joints of your hands and feet, but can affect your eyes, lungs, heart, and other organ systems as well.
  • Psoriatic arthritis– This arthritis will typically cause inflammation of your fingers and toes. They are sometimes described as “sausage toes.” It can also be accompanied by nail pitting and skin scaling, typically on your knees and elbows.arthritis
  • Gout– Gouty arthritis is caused by recurrent gout attacks. Gout is a build up of Uric Acid crystals in your blood, that crystallize into the joints of your feet. It is also commonly found in your fingers and ears. During an attack, your joint will be red, hot, and swollen. Over time, these attacks can cause damage to your joint.

If you have any questions about the cause of your foot pain, call Hollowbrook Foot Specialists today at (845) 298-9074 for an appointment! A foot exam, x-rays, and blood work can frequently determine the cause of your arthritis!

By: Samantha DelRegno D.P.M.

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Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

- Bob D.

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

- Jordan C.

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You will not find a better podiatrist than Dr. Schlam. I have been seeing him for over twenty years and he has been a godsend for my foot pain. If only I could give six stars...

- John M.

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Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

- Irene T.

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The best health care experience. The staff and nurses are super friendly and Dr. Schlam is very good. I highly recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists.

- Bob D.

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
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