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Types and Alleviation Strategies for Foot Arthritis

Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Foot arthritis, a multifaceted condition, manifests in various ways, each presenting distinct challenges for those grappling with joint inflammation in the feet. Osteoarthritis, the most common form, results from wear and tear on the joints, causing pain and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, targets the joints and may lead to deformities in the feet. Gout, characterized by the accumulation of uric acid crystals, induces sudden and severe pain. Recognizing the specific type of foot arthritis is essential for implementing targeted relief methods. While medications are common approaches to treatment, lifestyle modifications such as maintaining a healthy weight and choosing supportive footwear can help to alleviate symptoms. Resting the feet and engaging in gentle exercises can provide relief. Foot arthritis can cause discomfort, and if you are suffering from this condition, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective relief methods.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Glenn Davison, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. 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.


  • 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 offices located in Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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