Arthritis is an umbrella term for a group of conditions affecting the joints. Because of the number of small joints in your feet, and the amount of pressure they take each day, they are especially prone to developing painful arthritis.
Common types of arthritis that can affect your feet are:
osteoarthritis, or ‘wear and tear’ arthritis;
rheumatoid arthritis, which can result in joint deformities as well as pain;
gout, caused by an excess of uric acid in the joints;
hallux rigidus, or arthritis of the big toe joint;
ankle arthritis, which often develops following an earlier injury.
Symptoms will depend on the kind of arthritis you have, but pain, stiffness and swelling of the affected joint are common.
It is important to see your podiatrist if you suffer from any form of arthritis in your feet and ankles. Your podiatrist can help not only to manage the symptoms of your arthritis, but also to slow its development and reduce the need for surgery.
Treatment of foot or ankle arthritis will usually include footwear advice, and fitting and modification of prescription foot orthoses. Custom-made prescription orthoses are especially important to the management of foot and ankle arthritis, because they can be used both to relieve pressure from affected areas and to correct any walking abnormalities that may be exacerbating your condition.
If you have or are concerned you may be developing arthritis in your foot or ankle, contact us.