Arthritis refers to an inflammation and swelling of the joints. There are many different types of arthritis, and arthritis may sometimes be a component of other diseases, as well.
The feet may be particularly susceptible to arthritis because they have they contain so many joints. There are 33 different joints in the feet, each of which may be particularly prone to arthritis because of the weight load of the body.
People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop arthritis, and the risk does continue to rise with age due to wear and tear on the joints. Previous injuries may play a role in the development of arthritis, and infections can lead to arthritis as well. Some types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, may be inherited. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an improperly functioning auto-immune system. The use of some drugs- both prescribed drugs and illicit drugs- could play a role in the development of arthritis.
Foot pain is common with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis usually develops slowly. Many people may notice foot and ankle pain at night, usually a throbbing type of pain. It may become stronger over time. People with osteoarthritis in the feet may start to have pain when walking, especially if they are also overweight. People with rheumatoid arthritis may often have symmetrical symptoms. For example, both ankles may hurt at the same time in the same way. Rheumatoid arthritis appears far more suddenly than osteoarthritis, but it may come and go in a way that osteoarthritis does not. Other types of arthritis, including psoriatic arthritis and gout, may also impact the joints in the feet.
The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation and to restore the functionality of the joints. Treatment may include physical therapy, prescribed exercises, custom orthotics, and braces. In very severe cases, damaged feet joints can be repaired or replaced surgically.
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