Arthritis is not just restricted to the hands or wrists; in fact, numerous individuals will experience arthritic foot pain. If you notice pain or stiffness in your feet and ankles as you age, you could be experiencing foot arthritis. It is important to seek treatment for foot arthritis, because if it is left untreated, the pain could intensify and eventually make it impossible to walk even short distances.
What is Foot Arthritis?
Arthritis can occur just about anywhere you have joints in your body. The most common type of arthritis seen in the foot is that of osteoarthritis. This occurs from wear and tear on the joint cartilage and is typical as you age. The result is inflammation, redness, pain and swelling in the joints.
You can also experience pain in the feet due to Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA causes inflammation and pain in the forefoot and women will experience it more than men, especially from wearing high heels.
Symptoms of Foot Arthritis
The symptoms of foot arthritis can vary depending on the type of arthritis you have and which joints are affected. Some common symptoms can include:
- Pain when walking
- Pain that flares up after vigorous activity
- Swelling in the joints, warmth or redness in the joints
- Pain or tenderness – especially if you apply pressure to the joints
- Difficulty while walking
- Increased swelling and/or pain in the morning, after resting or after sitting for long periods of time
How a Foot Doctor Can Help with Arthritis in Your Feet
While there is no cure for arthritis, a foot doctor can help alleviate pain and make walking and activity possible. Some things a foot doctor can do for you include:
- Physical Therapy – Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy to help increase your range of motion and overall flexibility. Therapy can also strengthen the muscles of your foot and ankle.
- Assistive Devices – Your doctor can also prescribe assistive devices, such as an ankle-foot orthosis device to help improve your mobility and relieve pain.
- Medications – Certain medications, including anti-inflammatory drugs, can help relieve pain and swelling inside the foot joints. Cortisone injections may also be used to provide pain relief and reduce swelling.
- Surgery – In extreme cases, surgery may be required to relieve arthritis in the foot. There are different surgeries that can be performed and the right one depends on the extent and type of arthritis you are experiencing.
Come into Comfort Stride and see how our doctors can help with foot arthritis pain and discomfort. Call us at 647-989-7794 to schedule your appointment or to find out more.