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Complications from arthritis can affect your feet in many ways. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis can all affect the feet.
Osteoarthritis typically affects the joint that connects your big toe to your foot but can also be found in the midfoot or ankle area.
Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis typically affects both feet and the same joints on each foot. Gout, which usually affects the big toe, is comprised of needle-like crystals that cause inflammation and pain in the joint. Psoriatic arthritis can cause sausage-like swelling of your toes. Lastly, ankylosing spondylitis can lead to plantar fasciitis and pain in the Achilles tendon.
Many factors contribute to arthritic feet, including obesity, aging, and a family history or genetic connection to arthritis. Examine your feet daily, keep your feet routinely clean and moisturized, keep your toenails trimmed, wear socks on a daily basis, and inspect your shoes for anything that may cause discomfort. Basically, pamper your feet and keep them well maintained.
If you’re suffering any discomfort or pain due to one of the above forms of arthritis, consider over-the-counter pain medication and invest in proper, comfortable footwear. Pain medication coupled with top-of-the-line comfort footwear is a great way to ease pain. If you’re overweight, we recommend you stay as active as possible and set a weight-loss goal to ease some of the pressure on your feet. Applying ice or heat to the affected area is another way to calm discomfort. It’s also important to ask your podiatrist if inserts may be beneficial.
If you or someone you know has arthritis-related foot or ankle pain, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Request your appointment now.
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