Your feet carry you through your day, every day, and they need to be in great shape to keep up with the rigors of this daunting task. When arthritis strikes, causing pain and inflammation, your mobility can be seriously impaired. At Manhattan Footcare, Steve Menna, DPM, and George Pace, DPM, help their patients in Brooklyn and the Midtown Manhattan region of New York City regain pain-free movement. If your feet are arthritic, explore your options by booking an appointment online or over the phone today.
Arthritis is a catchall term for more than 100 diseases that cause inflammation and pain in your joints. If you consider that each foot contains 30 joints, which connect to 26 bones to provide you with support, mobility, and balance, you’ll realize that arthritis is a clear and present danger when it comes to your feet.
The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative form of the disease that leads to a breakdown of cartilage in your joints, usually in your big toe and midfoot region. Without the cartilage to protect them, your bones rub together, causing pain and inflammation.
The second most common form of the disease is rheumatoid arthritis, in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your joints, causing pain and inflammation.
Rounding out the likely suspects when it comes to arthritic feet is gout, a condition in which uric acid builds in your body and forms painful, crystal-like structures inside your joints. This condition usually affects the joint at the base of your big toe.
The answer to this depends on the type of arthritis you have. For example, with osteoarthritis, the symptoms come on gradually as your cartilage breaks down. As the disease progresses, the pain, inflammation, and stiffness become more pronounced and constant.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, the odds are that the disease will affect your feet or ankles as it progresses. Here again, you’ll start to notice some nagging pain at first, but as rheumatoid arthritis progresses, the pain will worsen, and you may also develop bunions and hammertoes.
The hallmark of gout, however, is stabbing pain in your big toe that comes in episodes that can last for days or weeks. After a gout flare-up, it may go into remission for months or even years.
At Manhattan Footcare, Dr. Menna and Dr. Pace typically turn to the following when it comes to caring for arthritic feet:
Rest assured that your doctor will work with you to restore your ability to move freely, without the pain and stiffness that often comes with arthritis.
To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Manhattan Footcare today.