Most people don’t associate arthritis with foot pain. The truth is, feet are very much affected by it. That’s really not surprising, since arthritis mostly targets your joints, and your foot has over 30 of them! So if you’re experiencing tenderness or pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints and are finding it harder to walk these days, foot arthritis might be the culprit.
Different Types of Foot Arthritis
This is the most frequent type of foot arthritis. You can find it in the midfoot and ankle, but it mostly effects the joint that connects your big toe to your foot.
Folks suffering with this disease are 90% likely to experience symptoms in the foot and ankle. Quite often it pops up in both feet and affects the same joints in each foot.
If there’s a swelling in your toes that makes them look like sausages, this form of arthritis might be the cause. It provokes inflammation right where tendons and ligaments attach to bones.
This condition occurs when crystals of uric acid deposit in a joint. The big toe is often the victim here.
How We Can Help You
Once we establish that arthritis is causing your feet to hurt, there are several strategies for treating your pain, stiffness and swelling.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can help reduce your symptoms.
- Topical anti-inflammatory, like Voltaran Gel can also help ease your pain.
- Custom-made orthotics definitely can help reduce your arthritic foot pain. Because they are made-to-order, we can target the areas of your feet that are most troublesome and divert pressure away from them.
- Steroid injections like cortisone can help reduce inflammation and swelling.
- Physical therapy using massage, ultrasound and lasers, depending on your case, can be very effective.
If conservative measures haven’t relieved your pain sufficiently, we would then discuss your surgery options. For instance, we might talk about fusion of the big toe joint, which would limit its range of motion and help eliminate pain.
Another option would be joint replacement surgery.