Arthritis In Foot And Toes

 

Arthritis In Foot And Toes: There are four common types that each present differently. Osteo, Rheumatoid, Traumatic & Gout. Learn how to FIX THEM NOW!!!!

What Is Arthritis In Foot And Toes:

Arthritis means inflammation of the joint. It does not specify whether it is bone on bone, or maybe overuse and even bacterial disease. Any one of these could be causing pain in your joints.

  • “Arthritis Means Joint Inflammation”

There are many different types of foot and toe arthritis, but there are essentially four major types out there that you need to be concerned about.

 

Four Main Types Of Foot & Toe Arthritis:

1)Osteoarthritis.

 

Arthritis in Foot and Toes

 

  • Osteoarthritis is the one people classically think when arthritis is mentioned.
  • It usually occurs in older individuals.
  • Known as “wear and tear arthritis”.
  • The hyaline cartilage begins to wear down, exposing the bone underneath.
  • The smooth cartilage is now gone and there is more friction with joint motion.
  • The bones underneath begin to rub against each other causing pain.
  • The pain & stiffness get worse with increased activity.
  • You will experience more pain at the end of a jog or walk rather than at the beginning of it.

 

 

2)Rheumatoid Arthritis.

  • Everyone has heard of it, but doesn’t really know what it is.
  • The causes are not even fully understood by doctors.
  • There are genetic components that make you more susceptible (cartilage cell surface markers).
  • But not all people with the surface markers have it, thus there is some environmental causes as well.
  • Some theorize bacteria or particles may trigger the reaction.
  • There is no cure.
  • It is an auto-immune disorder.
  • Treatment has really progressed in the past 10 years.
  • This illness is very treatable.

 

3)Traumatic Arthritis.

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  • Essentially the same as osteoarthritis.
  • It is the resulting arthritis after breaking a bone involved in the joint.
  • Over the years this leads to unbalanced rubbing of the bones.
  • The cartilage wears down.
  • It can happen after severe injuries at any age.

 

4) Gout.

Arthritis In Foot And Toes

  • The most common cause of arthritis in the USA.
  • It is a crystal arthritis, unique from all other types.
  • Uric acid accumulates in the joint until it can be flushed out by the blood over the next few days.
  • This can be genetic, but it is usually due to controllable factors.
  • Increased after dehydration- especially alcohol.
  • Increased after high protein meals.
  • Can be controlled with diet.

 

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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.