Arthritis brings inflammation and pain in feet due to the effect it has on joints. It slowly develops into what can potentially end up being a huge complication since mobility is impacted. It is a chronic disease that causes swelling of cartilage and in the lining of joints. This inflammation results in a warm feeling and discomfort. This condition can be caused by genetics, infections, drugs or even severe traumas. Heel problems, among many other foot complications, generally result from this condition due to the diminishing impact that the joints endure.
Three common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, gout and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis causes extreme tension as cartilage deteriorates in the foot’s joints, which then hinders mobility. Inflammation and pain with this type of arthritis get worse while standing. Gout causes other complications since there is an increased amount of uric acid crystals that form, typically over the big toe joint because it generally experiences the most pressure as the foot makes contact with the ground. Men develop this form of arthritis more frequently than women and severe pain is felt in the big toe. Rheumatoid arthritis has the most serious effect and causes joint deformities and fatigue. This form of arthritis generally leads to other complications such bunions or hammertoes.
Treatment involves utilizing the correct footwear (with wide toe boxes), use of orthotics (to redistribute pressure placed on the foot’s joints or to provide extra cushioning, comfort and support), shoe inserts to help reduce pressure on certain areas of the foot and other support devices such as gel shields to assist with providing ample relief.
Our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, can treat this condition. Since arthritis can be painful and set in for the long term, it is important to contact us now to receive the proper treatment needed for your joints to stay functioning without undergoing severe pain and swelling. Please call us at (773) 561-8100 or visit us at My Chicago Foot Expert located in Chicago to get the treatment you deserve. Also, don’t hesitate to check out our Patient Education Library to learn more about arthritis.