Arthritis of the Foot & Ankle

Treatment and Information

WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?

Osteoarthritis is a disorder in which cartilage in one or more joints breaks down and eventually falls off. Cartilage (the connective tissue at the ends of bones in joints) protects and cushions the bones as they move. When cartilage deteriorates or is destroyed, symptoms emerge that might make it difficult to carry out regular tasks.

Degenerative arthritis is another name for osteoarthritis, which develops as part of the aging process. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting millions of people in the United States. Even though there are many different varieties of arthritis, some people refer to osteoarthritis simply as arthritis.

Osteoarthritis affects the hands, feet, spine, hips, and knees, among other joints in the body. The condition most commonly affects the big toe in the foot, although it can also affect the midfoot and ankle.

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ARTHRITIS CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS

Osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear disease in which the cartilage in the joint breaks down over time as a result of chronic stress and use. The bones lose their protective covering as the cartilage deteriorates and thins, and they may eventually rub together, causing joint pain and inflammation.

Abnormal foot mechanics, such as flat feet or high arches, can cause osteoarthritis to develop. A flat foot causes the ligaments (tissue bands that connect bones) to lose stability, causing undue tension on the joints, which can lead to arthritis. A high arch is inflexible and immobile, resulting in joint jamming and an increased risk of arthritis.

Pain and stiffness in the joint, swelling in or near the joint, and difficulty walking or bending the joint are all symptoms of osteoarthritis in the foot or ankle.

A bone spur can form at the afflicted joint in some patients with osteoarthritis. Shoe pressure can cause pain at the site of a bone spur, and blisters or calluses can form on the surface in some situations. Joint movement can also be restricted by bone spurs.

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