Are you ankles stiff? Do your feet hurt? Arthritis may be a factor. Arthritis is not uncommon in the feet or ankles. It can really affect your mobility and overall quality of life.
There are three main types of arthritis that may affect your foot and ankle.
3 Types of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative or “wear and tear” arthritis, is unfortunately a common problem for many people after they reach middle age. How’s that for something to look forward too? Over the years, the cartilage becomes worn and frayed. This results in inflammation, swelling, and pain in the joint. Osteoarthritis does progress slowly, but it gets worse over time if not treated properly and effectively.
Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is a system-wide disease. It is an inflammatory disease where the patient’s own immune system attacks and destroys cartilage. It also affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can lead to bone erosion and joint deformity.
Post-traumatic arthritis can develop after a trauma or injury to the foot or ankle. This type of arthritis is similar to osteoarthritis and may develop years after a fracture, severe sprain, or ligament injury. Many pro athletes develop this type of arthritis unfortunately.
Signs and symptoms of arthritis are variable. It really depends on which joint is affected. Common symptoms include:
- Pain or tenderness
- Stiffness or reduced motion
- Difficulty walking due to any of the above
Stay tuned next week to learn about the treatment options for arthritis of the foot and ankle.
If you are looking for a podiatrist or you are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.
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