By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 02, 2017
Tags: Arthritis  

Did you know that each of your feet has 33 joints? That makes them a prime target for arthritis, a disease that causes inflammation of the joints and joint linings. Arthritis currently affects nearly 40 million Americans, with those over the age of 50 having the greatest risk. Arthritis can be extremely debilitating and keep a person from enjoying an active lifestyle. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that early detection of arthritis and getting the necessary medical treatment can greatly limit the damage to joints and slow the progression of the disease. The problem, however, is that many arthritis symptoms can also point to other common podiatric issues. These are some signs to look for in your toes, feet and ankles:

  • Recurring pain and/or tenderness in a joint
  • Stiffness, particularly first thing in the morning
  • A decrease in your range of motion of a particular joint
  • Heat or redness around a joint
  • Swelling
  • Skin changes, such as redness, rashes or abnormal growths

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you notice any of these symptoms occurring consistently, make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office. Our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah will do a complete examination of your foot and check joints for swelling as well as your current range of motion. X-rays will likely be ordered as they can be very helpful in revealing arthritis and showing how far it has progressed.

There are two main types of arthritis: osteoarthritis—this is the “wear and tear” type that occurs as a result of cartilage and joints breaking down over time, and rheumatoid arthritis—a more complex, group of chronic inflammatory diseases that can have a debilitating affect throughout your body.

If the doctor does confirm that you have arthritis, there are many treatment options available, including physical therapy, bracing and orthotics as well as anti-inflammatory medications that can help reduce pain and swelling. For more information on arthritis in your feet and ankles, contact us at: 732-662-3050.