Arthritis is a medical condition that affects the joints. It can happen anywhere in the body but occurs more frequently in the joints of the feet. Our feet contains more than 30 joints each responsible for normal foot movement. These are constantly exposed to wear and abuse not only from running or jumping but also from the constant pressure of carrying our body weight
Cartilage acts as a natural bone cushion. It gives joints that extra level of flexibility. Arthritis is a degenerative disease that eats away at our cartilage. And when this is lost, bones rub causing a great degree of pain.
There are different types of arthritis affecting the joints of the feet and toes. Visit a podiatrist to understand the different types of arthritis and how it affects your feet. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.
Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that affects the hyaline cartilage which is responsible for keeping the joints moving freely. It can also cause bony spur formation at the base of the big toe. Osteoarthritis can lead to the development of bunions a painful foot deformity. People suffering from osteoarthritis in the feet can feel pain and discomfort when walking.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating joint disease that can cause foot deformities. Severe cases can lead to hammertoes, bunions and claw toes. This type of arthritis causes joint inflammation at the ball of the foot. Affected bones can push against the kin. This causes wounds and ulcerations at the ball of the foot. Ulcerations at the bottom of the feet makes standing or walking a painful experience.
Gout is the result of uric acid crystal deposits around the joints. Deposits are commonly found at the base of the big toe. Gout occurs more frequently among men than women. A bony protrusion can develop due to continued crystal deposits. This can cause bruises and ulcerations as the toe rub against the shoe.
At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.