What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a general name for several conditions that destroy your joints and change how they work. Pain and stiffness are common symptoms. It is important to get treatment for your arthritis, especially in your feet. If left untreated, severe arthritis can be so painful that you cannot walk and your joints can freeze up on you.
Which Types of Arthritis are seen in the Foot?
Osteoarthritis: This type is also known as “wear and tear” arthritis because it is a gradual process. The cartilage in our joints breaks down, causing pain that is relieved by rest. Another common symptom is having a dull, throbbing pain at night.
Traumatic: If a serious injury like a very bad sprain or fracture happens close to a joint in your foot, the cartilage can be damaged causing traumatic arthritis. There are more than 30 joints in the foot, so if you have a foot injury, there is a good chance that one of them will be affected.
Gout: Many people don’t realize that gout is a form of arthritis. It is caused by a build-up of normal dietary breakdown products inside of your joints. Common symptoms include a red, hot, swollen joint on one side of your body, most often the big toe joint. It is so painful that just lying in bed with a sheet touching the affected joint is unbearable.
Rheumatoid: This type of arthritis can be crippling and deforming. If you have arthritis in the same joint on both sides of your body that appears suddenly with stiffness, pain, and inflammation and then goes away, you may have rheumatoid arthritis. Other places in your body are affected as well including the eyes, lungs, and nervous system.
Psoriatic: 1 in 20 people with psoriasis will have psoriatic arthritis. This is a mild type, and often involves very few joints. Flare-ups of arthritis often appear with worsened skin symptoms.
Can my Podiatrist at Advanced Foot Care Centers Treat my Arthritis?
By: Rachna Gupta