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Foot Arthritis News

Foot arthritis is a common condition in older adults, but it has not been studied as much as arthritis in the knees or hands. Most studies focus on the big toe joint, but not much is known about arthritis in the middle of the foot. Approximately 17 percent of people over age 50 have foot arthritis that causes symptoms and is visible on X-rays. The big toe joint is usually affected the most, followed by other joints in the foot. There are several types of foot arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout that require different treatments. Podiatrists may recommend wearing special shoes, custom-made orthotics, and sometimes surgery to help ease pain. If you have chronic foot pain, you may be suffering from a type of arthritis. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and determination of what the cause is, followed by obtaining proper treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact the foot specialists from Academy Foot and Ankle 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 Southlake, Keller (Fort Worth), Hurst, North Richland Hills, Flower Mound, Argyle, and Denton, TX. . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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