Arthritis Foot Pain

Arthritis Foot Pain – There are four major causes of foot arthritis + some minor causes. We will help you figure out which one you have and what to do NOW!!

 
 


 
 

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What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis basically means irritation of the joint. It does not specify whether the joint irritation is due to bone on bone rubbing or previous broken bones.

  • Arthritis means irritation of the joint.
  • There are a few major causes of arthritis foot pain and four major ones that I see: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic arthritis & Gout.
  • They are all very different in the way they are caused and how they present.
  • For example osteoarthritis & traumatic feel good at rest but hurt with activity, whereas rheumatoid feels better with activity. Gout on the other hand just hurts no matter what for a day or two!

 

Arthritis Foot Pain
Osteoarthritis is most commonly seen in the big toe joint!

The Most Common Types Of Arthritis Foot Pain:

There are a few major causes of arthritis foot pain and four major ones that I see: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic arthritis & Gout.  There are other minor causes but these four are most commonly responsible.

The minor causes can be things like psoriatic arthritis (associated with 10-30% of psoriasis cases) & septic arthritis (infection of the joint after a foreign object puncturing the skin).

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The Quick Diagnosis Guide:

 
 

Arthritis Foot Pain

 
 

1)Osteoarthritis:

  • It occurs most commonly in the big toe joint.
  • It is the breakdown of hyaline cartilage leading to bone on bone rubbing. This causes joint stiffness.
  • This is a wear and tear disease. Usually in 40-50 year olds+.
  • Pain feels good at rest.
  • Pain starts go get worse with increased jogging or walking.

 

2)Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • This is an autoimmune disorder, where the immune system attacks cartilage in the hands and feet.
  • It occurs in both the hands and the feet. It is usually not just one joint but many.
  • Pain is usually symmetrical, so the same joints on both hands and feet.
  • Pain is worse at rest.
  • Pain gets better with activity.

 

3)Traumatic Arthritis:

  • Essentially the same mechanism as osteoarthritis.
  • Occurs at younger ages due to joint injury.
  • If a bone is fractured in the joint, it creates abnormal friction.
  • Arthritis develops over a couple years.

 

4)Gout:

  • Extreme pain one morning that appears suddenly.
  • Almost always in the big toe joint.
  • Uric acid crystals temporarily fill the joint space.
  • Occurs the night after dehydration(alcohol) and heavy protein meals (turkey dinner etc).

 

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About the author

The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.