Arthritis (also known as Degenerative Joint Disease) is the inflammation of the joints. The amount of pressure on the 33 joints of the feet from the rest of the body makes feet extremely susceptible to developing arthritis.

Most common types of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gouty arthritis

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • decreased ability to move the joints
  • redness

Occasional symptoms may include:

  • Increased stiffness in the morning
  • Rashes
  • Protrusions on the skin

Causes of Arthritis:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Older age
  • Bacterial and viral infections
  • Improperly fitted footwear
  • Trauma
  • Being overweight
  • Drugs, both prescription and illegal
  • Systemic disease

What can a patient do?

  • Routine massage, exercise, or physical therapy
  • Wear properly fitting and supportive footwear
  • Apply hot or cold packs
  • Allow the feet to soak in water of a mild temperature
  • Wear insoles that are shock-retarding

What can a podiatrist do for you?

  • Examine the affected areas and perform scans such as CTs, X-rays, and MRIs
  • Prescribe anti-inflammatory medication
  • Inject area to provide immediate temporary relief
  • Suggest appropriate footwear and orthotics
  • Perform surgery to correct bony deformity (if deemed necessary)