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How Osteoarthritis Affects The Feet and Ankles

Discovering you have osteoarthritis in your feet and ankles can be disconcerting, but understanding how it affects your body is the first step toward managing it effectively. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, can also impact any joint, including those in your feet and ankles. In the foot, the big toe is often the primary site of osteoarthritis. This condition occurs when the normal cycle of joint damage and repair is disrupted, leading to changes in joint structure and function. The damage primarily affects the cartilage, causing pain, swelling, and sometimes bone-on-bone friction during movement. Genetics, joint injuries, and certain medical conditions can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis. Symptoms vary but can commonly include pain, swelling, stiffness, and even audible noises like crunching or grating when moving the affected joints. If you suspect you have osteoarthritis in your feet or ankles, seeking prompt evaluation and treatment from a podiatrist is important. Left untreated, osteoarthritis can lead to complications like a stiff big toe, bunions, corns and calluses, which can further impair mobility and the quality of life. If you believe you have symptoms of osteoarthritis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options tailored to your needs. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from North Penn Podiatry. Our doctors 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 offices located in Lansdale, and King of Prussia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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