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Different Types of Foot Arthritis

Arthritis is characterized by inflammation in one or more joints, leading to pain and stiffness. It is prevalent in the small joints of the foot and ankle, impacting mobility and daily activities. While there is no cure for arthritis, treatment options can help manage symptoms and slow disease progression. The foot and ankle play vital roles in supporting, balancing, and absorbing shock during activities. These areas contain multiple joints and are susceptible to various forms of arthritis like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Osteoarthritis gradually erodes joint cartilage, causing pain, stiffness, and bone spurs. Risk factors include age, obesity, genetics, and poor foot alignment. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that can start in the foot and ankle, leading to joint inflammation, swelling, and deformity. Genetic and environmental factors can trigger this condition. Gout is a painful inflammation that often affects the big toe joint due to the accumulation of uric acid crystals. It can lead to sudden and severe joint pain. If you have foot or ankle discomfort from arthritis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to determine which kind of arthritis is affecting you.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.


  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Lehigh Ave and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Collegeville Darby, and Langhorne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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