How Does Arthritis Affect Your Feet?

Do you struggle with arthritis? Do you also have painful feet? Believe it or not, the two conditions may be related. Arthritis involves chronic inflammation in your joints all over your body, which includes the feet. The most common type of arthritis comes from wear-and-tear of the joints’ cartilage, and it’s called osteoarthritis, or OA. Approximately one in six people over the age of 50 will develop this condition. Thankfully, the team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle are experts in treating patients with arthritis and are ready to help you.

Different types of arthritis can affect your feet

While OA is pretty common, it’s not the only kind of arthritis that affects the feet. Other types include:

Rheumatoid arthritis

This form of arthritis, which results from an autoimmune response, tends to affect the same joints in both feet. OA, on the other hand, tends to affect joints unilaterally.

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA)

This form of arthritis affects the toes, making them sausage-like in appearance. This swelling is caused by dactylitis. It’s also common for inflammation to occur where your tendons and ligaments are attached to the foot bones. This can develop into plantar fasciitis or into bone spurs.

Different solutions for painful feet

The Hoosier Foot & Ankle team will work with you to develop a custom treatment plan based on the type of arthritis you have and the severity of your pain. However, the following treatment options are most common:

Take pain medication

Some medications are only available by prescription, while you can find others, such as NSAIDs, over-the-counter at drug stores. However, some prescribed pain medications have a slight risk of causing cardiovascular issues. One of our specialists will evaluate your complete medical history at your appointment to minimize your risk of any complications.

Wear proper shoes

If you have arthritis, you may need to hang up the high-heeled shoes. Comfort and proper fit are extremely important when it comes to feeling better. But that doesn’t mean having to sacrifice fashion. Some shoe brands, such as Vionic, Clarks, Ecco, and Mephisto are designed with both comfort and style in mind. They look trendy while including proper arch support, thick soles, cushions, shock absorption, and heel cups.

Get some exercise

It may seem counterintuitive to move more when your feet hurt. But believe it or not, exercise has great benefits for arthritis. Maintaining proper function in your joints relieves stiffness, which will reduce your pain from inflammation. Ask one of our doctors which exercises will work best for you.

Learn more about how arthritis affects the feet

If your arthritis is starting to cause pain in your feet, you don’t have to live with the discomfort any longer. Schedule an appointment with a member of our team by calling us or using the Request Appointment button now.

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