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Types of Arthritis That May Affect the Feet

Common symptoms that are associated with arthritis in the feet may include swollen joints, pain, or stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful condition that is triggered by the body’s immune system. The small joints in the feet are often affected and this may lead to the development of additional foot conditions. Many patients have a form of arthritis that is known as gout, and this is typically caused by having elevated uric acid levels in the bloodstream. The side of the big toe is generally affected, and preventive measures can be implemented which may include healthy dietary changes. There may be medical conditions that can precede the development of arthritis. These may include psoriasis, osteoporosis, and scleroderma. If you would like information about how these forms of arthritis affect the feet, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Jeffrey Wachtel from Wachtel Family Foot Care. Our doctor 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 arthritis
  • <!––>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 office located in Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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