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Types of Arthritis That Can Affect Your Feet

Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that attacks the joints and can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and bone deformities. There is no known cure for arthritis, but there are many ways of treating the symptoms that allow patients to lead active lives. Because the feet contain 33 joints each, arthritis can negatively impact your daily life, even simply the ability to walk. The main types of arthritis that cause foot problems are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and gout. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that erodes the cartilage between the bones of the joint. This causes very painful inflammation and is most common among people 50 and older. It is known as wear and tear disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is a crippling disease where the immune system attacks the body’s cartilage, resulting in deformities. Post-traumatic arthritis can develop after sustaining an injury to the foot or ankle. Gout, which frequently attacks the big toe, is caused by having abnormal amounts of uric acid in the system. To find out more about how arthritis may be causing your foot pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Vivian C. Iwu, DPM from Choice Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Marietta, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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