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By Crofton Podiatry
October 13, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Tags: swelling   joint pain   stiffness  

October 12th has been designated as World Arthritis Day. Since this day is for bringing awareness about how arthritis affects our population, we at Crofton Podiatry would like to share how arthritis can affect your feet in particular. While some folks can develop arthritis earlier in their lives (juvenile arthritis), most Americans are affected after the age of 65. In fact, about 50 percent of Americans over 65 years old suffer from arthritis foot pain.                                                        

Arthritis usually presents with pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. Because we are constantly on our feet, it is very likely that arthritis will affect the ankle and big toe joints. After all, each foot has 33 joints that can be affected! Additionally, not only is there pain in the joints, it can also lead to other consequences in the surrounding areas of the feet. Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, and Posttraumatic Arthritis (due to injury) are typical forms of arthritis to affect the feet.

Symptoms of Arthritis in the Feet

  • Early morning stiffness.
  • Limitation in motion of joint.
  • Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint.
  • Redness or heat in a joint.
  • Skin changes, including rashes and growths.
  • Swelling in one or more joints (e.g. toes that swell up to look like sausages)
  • Joint cracking or popping sounds when walking.
  • Toenails that separate due to swollen toes.

If you or a family member is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, as soon as possible. Arthritis in the feet can lead to immobility and severe pain. Early diagnosis and treatment can slow down the affects of the condition.

Relief and Treatment

Dr. Toll may suggest the following means of relief and treatment after meeting with you:

  • Physical Therapy and exercise.

  • NSAIDs and/or steroid injections into the affected area.

  • Orthotics/Supportive shoes.

Our team at the Crofton, MD office is ready to assist you and your family’s needs when caring for your feet and ankles. The best treatment for your specific needs depends on your condition, so make sure you come in to see him today. Call us at (410) 721-4505.

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