Arthritis

Arthritis

Arthritis of the Foot

Are you experiencing pain in your feet? Does this discomfort result after rest? You may be suffering from arthritis of the foot. This is a condition that can manifest in many ways and it is important to seek treatment to relieve symptoms.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition caused by degeneration and sometimes inflammation of a joint. Indeed, with around 33 joints in the foot, this can mean that you can develop arthritis at any age. In particular, the joints in the ankle, midfoot and big toe are the most common for arthritis to begin.

Are there Different Types of Arthritis?

There are several different types of arthritis that can affect your feet. It is essential that you are aware of them, as this can dictate the best treatment.

Osteoarthritis

The most common type of arthritis in the foot is osteoarthritis. This can be referred to as wear-and-tear arthritis. It is a condition that can start when you are a young adult, with joint cartilage breaking down over time. The space that is between the bones in your feet will gradually decrease and the bones will start to rub together. This can be uncomfortable and create bone spurs. If you are overweight, this can increase your risk of osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis can also affect your feet and it is an autoimmune condition. It can range from discomfort to severe debilitating pain. It typically occurs in the same joint on both sides of the body. The body’s immune system attacks the synovium of the joints resulting in inflammation. This leads to bone and cartilage damage, which can leave you in pain. Unfortunately, it is not known what causes rheumatoid arthritis.

Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that happens when there is too much uric acid in the body. The uric acid gathers in the joints and crystalizes this typically results in pain and inflammation. Gout usually will attack the big toes joints. It ranges from extremely painful to mild aching symptoms

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a long-term condition and it can cause joints to become swollen and stiff. Often, this is an accompanying condition to psoriasis, which is a skin condition. You will hear this type of arthritis referred to as an autoimmune disease.

Post-traumatic Arthritis

If you have once injured your foot, this can develop into posttraumatic arthritis. When the joint surface is damaged, such as with fractures, you may start to feel discomfort and stiffness.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

While it is less common, ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that can cause a lot of discomfort and reduced mobility. You may also hear it referred to as Bechterew disease. While the cause is not known, it may start to affect the feet after other parts of the body suffer.

What are the Symptoms of Arthritis of the Foot?

When you have arthritis of the foot, you are going to be aware of the symptoms. Often, this condition presents itself with discomfort and stiffness. This can occur with motion and particularly after extensive activity and exercise. In addition, people with arthritis often say that the discomfort can be worse in the morning and after resting. Your joints can be very painful and become warm to touch. The skin can also be red with visible swelling. Your mobility can be affected when you have arthritis of the foot.

What is the Treatment for Arthritis of the Foot?

It is important to realize that there is no treatment that is going to cure arthritis of the foot. But there are some options that are going to minimize the discomfort you are feeling and improve your mobility. There are tools your Chiropodist has to help prevent the arthritis from getting worse. The first step is visiting the chiropodist. They are able to examine your feet and diagnose arthritis and recommend the best treatment for you.

For example, your Chiropodist can provide you with orthotics and splints that can help with arthritis. These devices can offer support and cushioning, as well as realign the foot. Together, this can improve mobility and might reduce pain. Your Chiropodist can also make recommendations when it comes to footwear. Wearing the right shoes can help to decrease symptoms of arthritis.

There are a number of possible treatments your Chiropodist will consider when considering what is best for your feet and ankles.

What is Arthritis?

Unfortunately, arthritis is becoming more common as people age. This is a condition that develops due to inflammation of a joint, and with 33 joints present in each foot, this is a part of your body that can suffer from arthritis. While it is more likely you can experience this in your senior years, it can happen to anyone.

It is important to realise that there are various types of arthritis. Knowing the difference can help you understand what you are suffering from and the best treatment that is available.

Osteoarthritis

When someone thinks that they have arthritis of the foot, this is often osteoarthritis. It can happen through wear-and-tear, developing over time as the joint cartilage ages and breaks down. When the bones begin to rub together, this can result in pain and discomfort.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Another type of arthritis that is becoming common is rheumatoid arthritis. This is an autoimmune disease that can begin when you are any age. It is not yet known what can cause this condition but it can mean you suffer from discomfort and reduced mobility as the joints are damaged by the immune cells.

Gout

When too much uric acid is present in the body and particularly in the joints, this can lead to the development of gout. This is a type of arthritis that can be very uncomfortable and cause inflammation. You can have attacks of gout that limit your quality of life and this can happen in your feet.

Psoriatic Arthritis

If you have the skin condition called psoriasis, you may develop psoriatic arthritic. The joints in your feet can become inflamed and stiff to move. This is a type of arthritis that can be called an autoimmune disease.

Post-traumatic Arthritis

If you have been involved in an accident and injured your foot, you could develop post-traumatic arthritis afterward. Stiffness and pain can result from the joints getting damaged and this can lead to reduced mobility.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis or Bechterew disease is not as common as other types of arthritis. However, it can also result in reduced mobility and pain when there is no treatment. It is unknown how people develop this condition. But the feet are not immune to this type of arthritis.

What are the Symptoms that Indicate Arthritis?

Symptoms of arthritis can appear suddenly or get worse over time. Namely, you will feel discomfort in your foot, as well as stiffness and restricted movement. Often, this pain is going to present itself after a lot of exercise and activities. If you have been sitting down for a long period of time, you can feel stiff when you stand up. In addition, this can happen in the morning too. Some joints can feel warm to touch and the skin can appear red.

What Treatments are Available for Arthritis?

It is important to note that you will not be able to get rid of arthritis once it has developed. But it is a condition that you can manage and you can receive treatment to help the symptoms from interrupting your everyday life. This can include reducing pain and improving your mobility.

First of all, it is best to visit your chiropodist. They can ensure that you have arthritis and assist you with the best treatment to suit your symptoms. A number ofpeople can feel the benefit of having specialist insoles. They can provide the cushioning and support your feet need to relieve some pain. It may also help you to get moving and enjoy exercise again. The right shoes can make a big difference too.

In cases with developed arthritis, a chiropodist can offer a number of other treatments. This can steroid injections, acupuncture, heat treatment and recommend strengthening exercises.