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Types and Symptoms of Foot Arthritis

Foot pain can be a common issue, often arising from various causes, such as sports activities, prolonged standing at work, or wearing ill-fitting shoes. It can range from minor discomfort to debilitating pain, and its roots can be diverse. Overuse, strain on tendons or ligaments, fractures, or arthritis are some of the contributing factors. Arthritis can significantly impact foot health. Osteoarthritis, or OA, the most common type, can affect the foot's 33 joints, leading to pain and misalignment. Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, an autoimmune form, often starts in small hand and foot joints, causing pain and swelling. Psoriatic arthritis, or PsA, affects skin and joints, causing unique issues like dactylitis and plantar fasciitis. Gout, characterized by uric acid crystals, can cause sudden, intense pain, generally in the big toe. In systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, foot pain is often overlooked. Lupus-related arthritis, muscle, nerve, and soft tissue issues can lead to foot problems. Immunosuppressant medications increase the risk of complications, making proper footwear and podiatric care vital for lupus patients. If you have foot pain of any sort that is not a one-time issue, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Kentston Cripe, DPM from Roseville Foot & Ankle. 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 Roseville, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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