How Does Arthritis Affect The Feet?

How Does Arthritis Affect The Feet?

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a painful condition that affects the small joints of the hands and feet.  It’s not just for older people, young people who use intense movements regularly can also increase the onset of this condition, such as massage therapists, hairdressers or anyone working with their hands for long periods of time on a regular basis.

This inflammation is due to wear and tear on the joints which then causes the swelling around the soft tissue.   Most sufferers will experience pain and stiffness, which can be a debilitating condition in the long run.

Over time, the cartilage between the joints is gradually lost and the bones are then prone to rub against each other, which cause wear on the bone and deformity.  Your Podiatrist can help in many ways to diagnose arthritis in your feet and ankles.

Rheumatoid Arthritis patients suffer from foot issues, bone changes lead to unusual weight bearing pressue load on the small joints of the foot.

Osteoarthritis is the most common of over 100 arthritic conditions.

Arthritis and its affects in your foot and ankle.

Your foot is a complex part of the body, not only does it have amazing sensory parts which are key in reflexology but it also contains 28 bones and more than 30 joints!

Symptoms of ankle osteoarthritis are:

Tenderness or pain

Reduced manoeuvrability

Unable to bear weight

Difficulty in walking

Stiffness in the joints

Swelling in the joints

The general condition usually requires immunosuppressant’s and steroids to treat, therefore healing can be compromised and leaves feet at a high risk.  Regular Podiatry checks, expert treatment and an ongoing management plan is recommended. Burnham Podiatry Clinic has extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with the above issues and can put together a RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) foot management plan.

If you experience any of these then a full examination is recommended by your Podiatrist before symptoms get worse. This may include a look at your medical history, physical examination, X-rays, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or CT scans.

Bespoke footwear or devices are key to reducing pain, so take care when choosing your next pair of shoes.  To find out more from Arthritis Research UK click here.

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