Types of Arthritis That Can Affect Your Feet
The feet and ankles contain numerous joints that can be affected by several types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, which has been called “wear and tear” on the joints, can develop slowly and worsen over time. It is caused by the deterioration of the cartilage that sits between the bones and can cause stiffness, pain, loss of flexibility, bone spurs and swelling. Inflammatory arthritis, of which there are several varieties, causes pain, swelling, redness, and/or heat around the joint. The most common form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune condition that attacks healthy cells and can cause long-term damage to the foot and ankle joints. Psoriatic arthritis is an overreaction of the immune system and can contribute to plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy, both extremely painful conditions. Another type of arthritis, one that usually attacks the big toe, is commonly called gout. It is caused by crystals that form inside the joint, producing extreme pain, swelling and redness. If left untreated it could lead to osteoarthritis. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist for a full diagnosis and options for treatment.
Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. 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 Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.