Mid Foot Arthritis

Mid Foot Arthritis – Mid Foot Arthritis is very common and is felt as continuous throbbing pain that gets worse throughout the day. Start FIXING IT NOW!!!

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What Is Mid Foot Arthritis?

  • Arthritis simply means inflammation of the joint.
  • There are about 4 main types of arthritis: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Traumatic Arthritis & Gout.
  • Osteoarthritis is the only one that commonly presents alone in the mid foot. Gout usually occurs in the big toe joint & Traumatic Arthritis only in areas of severe  previous injury(broken bones).
  • Due to abnormal friction (“wear & tear”) over the decades, the hyaline cartilage breaks down in the mid foot.
  • The joints can no longer smoothly glide against each other.
  • The bone begins to grind against itself, causing cracking and loose fragments to appear in the joint.




What Are the Joints In The Mid Foot:

The highlighted blue area makes up the joints of the mid foot. These are comprised of the Lisfranc joint where the metatarsals attach to the mid foot & the Chopart joint that attaches the rear foot to the mid foot.

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Mid foot joints
  • The most commonly affected joint is the metatarsal cuneiform joint, shown highlighted by the yellow and red triangle:


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1st metatarsal cuneiform joint.


  • The Osteoarthritis mid foot pain is usually felt on top & the inside of the foot.
  • It is possible to have a hard bone bump on top of the foot.
  • This can also be associated with the development with a bunion.
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Associated bunions put pressure on the metatarsal cuneiform joint. This can predispose you for mid foot arthritis.

Diagnosis Of Mid Foot Arthritis:

  • Pain is the most common symptom in this area. It is usually sore and throbbing after a long time spent on your feet.
  • Severe bunions, high arched feet can predispose you to mid foot arthritis.
  • Spurs can form in the area of the arthritic joint, you can feel this as a large bump on the top of your foot.
  • This can irritate nerves in the area and lead to numbness, burning & tingling.
  • In progressed cases, the arthritis will be visible on X-ray.
  • The bone in the area will be much more white due to constant fraying and irritation.



Mid Foot Arthritis Treatment:

Treatment for mid foot arthritis is similar to any osteoarthritis treatment. Initially conservative care is attempted for 3-6 months; if that does not work, surgery may be considered if the deformity is severe. Follow this link for the complete treatment guide to osteoarthritis:

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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.