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.
- The most commonly affected joint is the metatarsal cuneiform joint, shown highlighted by the yellow and red triangle:
- 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.
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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