Can hypothyroidism cause foot pain? asked...

Can hypothyroidism cause foot pain? My feet and ankles hurt me all the time. Sometimes I can barely move my foot without it being painful.

Expert Answer

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Untreated hypothyroidism can cause muscle and joint related symptoms all over the body. Common musculoskeletal complaints include generalized muscular weakness and pain. Hypothyroidism can also lead to arthropathy, which causes joint pain, achiness, and stiffness. Other musculoskeletal issues that can occur with hypothyroidism include tendonitis of the extremities, carpal tunnel syndrome (pain, tingling, weakness, or numbness in the hands), or tarsal tunnel syndrome (like carpal tunnel, but in the feet).

If you are being adequately treated (your blood tests show that your thyroid levels are OK) for hypothyroidism, and you are still having symptoms, something else may be going on with you. I would then ask your health care provider to address the foot and ankle pain that you suffer from. You may need to see a rheumatologist or othopedist for an in depth evaluation of your pain complaints. Good luck!