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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Symptoms and Facts About Toe Arthritis

Arthritis affecting the toes is a common yet often overlooked condition that can significantly impact daily life. One of the primary types is osteoarthritis, characterized by the gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, can also affect the toes, causing inflammation, deformities, and joint damage over time. Symptoms of toe arthritis may include pain, tenderness, stiffness, and reduced range of motion, making activities like walking, standing, and wearing shoes uncomfortable. As the condition progresses, individuals may experience visible changes in toe appearance, such as swelling or deformities like bunions or hammertoes. While arthritis in the toes can be challenging to manage, various treatment options, including medication, orthotics, and lifestyle modifications, can help alleviate symptoms and improve function. If you have any of the above symptoms, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can diagnose toe arthritis, and offer you effective treatment options for this condition.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Richard DiBacco, DPM from Podiatry Associates of Erie, Inc.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Erie and Meadville, PA, . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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