How Arthritis Affects Your Feet

With more than 100 different types, arthritis is a threat to every joint in your body. All of these conditions are related since they cause inflammation in joints, creating stiffness, limited mobility, and pain. 

Your feet and ankles each have 33 joints, meaning 66 potential locations for arthritis activity. Fortunately, it’s unlikely you’ll deal with problems in all joints, but the effects of arthritis in one or two are often enough to put you on the sidelines. 

Anytime your feet and ankles create problems or pain, visit Errol Gindi D.P.M. Arthritis in your feet and ankles can be treated, reducing pain and restoring mobility. The first step is podiatric evaluation and diagnosis, so make your appointment at the first signs of trouble. 

Arthritis in the feet

Despite a large number of arthritis subtypes, only a few tend to cause issues in your feet and ankles:

Symptoms of foot and ankle arthritis

Pain is often the first symptom of any form of arthritis that affects your feet. The pain may be accompanied by swelling, redness, warmth, or tenderness when you touch the skin surrounding the joint. 

You may not have normal mobility of the joint. Your toes may not bend or your ankle might not rotate freely, for instance. You might find that foot pain gets worse overnight, or when you’re sitting or lying down for periods of time. 

Arthritis pain may prevent you from bearing any weight on your feet, making unassisted walking difficult. This can be problematic with rheumatoid arthritis, which usually affects both feet simultaneously. 

Tackling foot arthritis in its early stages gives you the best chance to minimize pain, inconvenience, and long-term damage. Contact either of Dr. Gindi’s offices at the first sign of foot pain. Call the nearest office directly or use the appointment request tool online. There are plenty of treatments to reduce your symptoms and keep you on your feet, so book your examination today.

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