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Categories of Arthritis

People often take their feet for granted until they begin to hurt. Arthritis in the feet can cause severe pain and discomfort, and it is beneficial to learn proper arthritic foot care. Four types of arthritis can affect the feet. These are classified as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and post-traumatic arthritis. Studies suggest that osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and causes wear and tear to the joints over time. When crystals form in the joints of the big toe, it can be indicative of gout. This is a condition that is caused by genetic factors or by specific types of foods that are frequently eaten. Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disease that can target the joints in the feet causing severe pain and inflammation. If the foot is injured, the patient may develop post-traumatic arthritis, which can be a result of ankle trauma. There are several treatment options available and this often depends on the type of arthritis the individual has. If you have arthritis in your feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment method.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Care Specialists. Our doctors 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 offices located in West Chester, and Broomall, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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