Arthritis In Foot Joint
Arthritis In Foot Joint – This is usually caused by 4 common types of arthritis: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Traumatic Arthritis & Gout. FIX THEM!
What Is Arthritis?
Athritis simply means inflammation of the joint.
Classically people think of arthritis as bone on bone rubbing. This wear and tear type of arthritis is called Osteoarthritis, but is only one of many that can cause foot joint pain.
There are three common other types of arthritis that may be bothering you: Rheumatoid arthritis, Traumatic arthritis & Gout.
The Most Likely In The Big Toe Joint:
The most likely to affect the big toe joint are Osteoarthritis & Gout.
- This is the classic wear and tear arthritis.
- It is most commonly seen in the big toe joint.
- This happens as you age into your 40s and 50s (middle age).
- The hyaline cartilage in the joint begins to break down due to abnormal friction.
- This causes pressure and destruction of the bone remaining.
- The joint gets thicker and more “crusty” as bone breaks off and attempts to remodel.
- You are left with a very thick and immobile big toe joint.
- It hurts more after walking.
- It feels better while resting.
- This is a crystal arthritis.
- Uric acid crystals deposit themselves within and around the joint.
- This is due to poor blood flow & a cooler temperature of the foot compared to other joints.
- It appears one morning out of nowhere & lasts 1-2 days.
- It presents as extreme pain.
- Bone damage is usually not associated unless you have many attacks over many years.
- This can occur after alcohol consumption & heavy protein intake.
- This can also be related to elevated blood uric acid levels.
- Some genetic factors prevent clearance or breakdown of uric acid.
Many Joints In the Feet & Hands:
3) Rheumatoid Arthritis:
- This is a systemic autoimmune disease.
- The immune system attacks cartilage in the hands and feet.
- Usually both feet and both hands are affected.
- Usually numerous joints in the hands and feet are affected.
- If it is just the big toe joint, it’s likely not rheumatoid arthritis.
- Pain is worse while resting.
- Pain gets better with increased movement & blood flow.
Any Broken Or Injured Joint:
- This presents & progresses almost exactly like osteoarthritis.
- It can occur in any joint.
- This happens because the joint surface areas are never perfectly aligned.
- This happens commonly in the heel, the ankle and the big toe.
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