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Types of Arthritis

Typical symptoms of arthritis in the feet may include severe stiffness in the ankle and toe joints, in addition to swelling, pain, and discomfort. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, and this occurs when the cartilage between the bones and joints diminishes. This may generally affect the big toe and may cause difficulty in moving the toes. A chronic form of this ailment is referred to as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and this may be a result of the immune system which attacks the membrane protecting the joints. There are several treatment options for different types of arthritis, and it is strongly recommended to consult with a podiatrist who can aid in determining the best course of therapy for you.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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.

Symptoms

  • 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 arhritis
  • 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 Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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