Foot trouble: Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in any joint in your body, but is commonly found in the small joints of the feet and ankles. While there are numerous causes of foot pain, it may be a sign that you have developed arthritis. Keep reading to learn more about the types of arthritis that affect the foot, their symptoms, and the available treatment options.arthritis

Types of Arthritis that Affect the Foot

There are over 100 different types of arthritis, many of which make going about your daily routine difficult. Arthritis of the foot is especially detrimental to your ability to walk, run, or participate in other physical activities you enjoy. If you find yourself having trouble in these areas, you may have one of the following types of arthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis – A result of general wear and tear
  • Rheumatoid – Occurs when the immune system attacks its own tissues
  • Posttraumatic – Develops after an injury

Take a look at the symptoms below to see if one of these conditions is causing your pain.

Symptoms of Arthritis of the Foot

Although the symptoms vary depending upon the joint that’s affected, there are some common signs to watch for. Here are a few of them:

  • Pain with movement
  • Pain that worsens with physical activity
  • Swelling, redness, and warmth of the joint
  • Tenderness when pressure’s applied to joint
  • Increased swelling and pain after periods of rest
  • Difficulty walking

If you’re suffering from one or more of the above symptoms, it’s time to see an orthopedic specialist. He will perform an examination and tests, which will likely include x-rays, to determine the cause of your pain. After studying your results, he’ll inform you of which treatment options would be best for you. If medications and physical therapy don’t solve the problem, he may recommend orthopedic surgery.

While there is no cure for arthritis, the condition can be easily managed with the help of an orthopedic specialist. It is possible to live a normal, healthy life – in spite of your condition. To learn how, reach out to Specialty Orthopaedic Surgery today.

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