Arthritis Can Affect the Toes

When arthritis develops in the foot, the toes are the most often affected. Arthritis is defined as chronic inflammation that is often accompanied by tenderness, swelling, stiffness, and pain. Toe arthritis is caused by gradual wear and tear of the cartilage. This is what cushions the bones that surround the joints, and is found in two forms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common form of this condition, in addition to rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which is an autoimmune disease. The bottom of the big toe can become sore with arthritis, and may become worse while walking and standing. The range of motion may be limited, and this may be a result of the loss of cartilage between the bones. Treatment for arthritis can begin after a diagnosis has confirmed it. There are various types of relief that can be found, and it may start by wearing high-quality shoes. If you are afflicted with arthritis in the feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you treatment solutions that are best for you.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dean Kim, DPM from Greater Texas Foot & Ankle Specialist. Our doctor 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 office located in Frisco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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