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Different Types of Arthritis in the Feet

Monday, 03 December 2018 00:00

Research has shown that close to 50 percent of people who are over the age of sixty may suffer from foot pain, which may be related to arthritis. One type of this painful condition is known as osteoarthritis (OA), which is said to be the most common form of arthritis. This is typically the result of the cartilage, that provides cushioning in the ends of the bones, beginning to break down. Symptoms of OA may include severe pain and may possibly contribute to a lack of movement in the joint of the big toe. Additionally, another form of this possibly debilitating ailment is referred to as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The small joints in the feet may be affected by this chronic condition and may precede other foot conditions such as hammer toe, bunions, or corns. If you are experiencing stiffening in the joints of your feet, it is advised you consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to learn about treatment options that are correct for you.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years, but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities, and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arhritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Pennsylvania. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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