When arthritis develops in your feet, doing the things you enjoy most, or even walking short distances, can be extremely painful. Dr. Howard Abramsohn, your podiatrist in Moorestown, NJ at Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates, LLC, explains how arthritis affects your feet and shares information about treatments.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis occurs when the cartilage and lining of your joints becomes inflamed and swollen. Since your foot has 33 joints, it's particularly vulnerable. Although many types of arthritis can affect your feet, these types are particularly common:
- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis develops after years of wear and tear. When it occurs, the cartilage in your joint begins to wear away, causing your bones to rub together.
- Posttraumatic Arthritis: Posttraumatic arthritis occurs after a foot injury and also causes cartilage to wear away. In most cases, you'll develop this type of arthritis many years after your injury, even if the injury was successfully treated at the time.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when your body begins attacking your tissues. The disease damages your bones and cartilage and can cause the joints in your foot to become deformed.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Common arthritis symptoms include:
- Pain when walking
- Difficulty walking
- Pain that worsens with activity
- Swelling, redness or warmth around a joint
- Tenderness when you touch the joint
- Increased swelling and pain in the morning or after you've been off your feet for a while
How can a Moorestown podiatrist help me?
Your foot doctor can offer a variety of treatments to ease your foot pain. He may prescribe custom-made shoe inserts, recommend physical therapy or recommend cortisone injections. Making lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or only participating in low-impact forms of exercise, will decrease the stress and pressure on your feet. In some cases, surgery may be needed to remove loose cartilage and inflamed tissue or fuse the bones in your feet.
Arthritic foot pain doesn't have to affect the quality of your life. Contact Dr. Abramsohn, your podiatrist in Moorestown, NJ at Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates, LLC, by calling (856) 234-5180 to learn about treatments that will relieve your symptoms. Ease your foot pain with podiatric treatment!