Research has indicated that approximately 50 percent of people who are in their 60’s and 70’s will develop arthritis in their feet. Additionally, if a patient has sustained a foot injury, arthritis may develop more quickly. The most common forms of arthritis in the feet include rheumatoid, gout, osteoarthritis, and posttraumatic. Osteoarthritis typically targets people who are 60 years or older and produces severe pain in the joints of the toes. It may be worse in the morning after arising and can often become inflamed. Gout is caused by having excess uric acid in the bloodstream that forms crystals that lodge in the joints of the big toe. The pain from gout can be debilitating. Rheumatoid arthritis may be triggered by an autoimmune disorder that can cause foot deformities if not treated promptly. If an injury has occurred, it may trigger posttraumatic arthritis, and this may cause pain and discomfort. It is important to control the inflammation and pain with any type of arthritis, and it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward correct treatment techniques.
Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor 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 office located in Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.