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!!
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!
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).
The Quick Diagnosis Guide:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).