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!



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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.


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The Most Likely In The Big Toe Joint:

The most likely to affect the big toe joint are Osteoarthritis & Gout.


Arthritis In Foot Joint

  • 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.



Arthritis In Foot Joint

  • 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:

Arthritis In Foot Joint

  • 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:


4)Traumatic Arthritis.

  • 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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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.