Arthritis In My Feet

There are over 30 joints in every one of the feet; if arthritis develops in one or more of the following joints walking and basic mobility can be difficult. Common symptoms of arthritis in the feet include pain, limited mobility and swelling.

Osteoarthritis. Each bone in the foot is covered with cartilage that attaches to the cartilage of another bone in the foot. The meeting of these two bones makes up a ‘joint”. Normally the cartilage allows the bones to rub up against each other smoothly so that there are few or no friction between the bones. This is a healthy joint – one that allows for fluid and easy movement between the bones. Over time, however, the cartilage can become frayed. When the bones rub up against the other there is friction. This roughness leads to irritation, inflammation and pain in the joint – or osteoarthritis.

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To summarize, orthotics allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential. When properly prescribed, orthotics can decrease pain, not just in the foot, but also in other areas of the body as the lower back, and enhance the quality of life overall.

Osteoarthritis usually develops later in life. Once a joint is afflicted, the arthritis tends to worsen over time. Osteoarthritis is particularly common among the elderly. However, people who’re obese are also at increased risk for the disease, owing to the added pressure their body mass exerts on their joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that happens when the immune system turns on the organization and begins destroying cartilage in the joints. This is a system-wide attack. It usually doesn’t limit itself to isolated joints in the feet. The cause of rheumatoid arthritis isn’t clearly understood. The disease doesn’t appear to be genetic in the strictest sense, although researchers do believe that some people are predisposed to developing the condition.

Post-Traumatic Arthritis. Post-Traumatic Arthritis (as its name suggests) is directly related to the trauma. It often forms as the outcome of the dislocations, fractures or ligament injuries in the feet that damage the joint. Although these foot injuries are responsible for post-traumatic arthritis, sometimes the arthritis doesn’t develop until years later. That said, a joint that has seen some form of trauma is 7 times more apt to develop arthritis than a healthy joint.

QUESTION: arthritis?
if your feet and hands are cold a lot of the time, are you more likely to get arthritis in them?

  • Not necessarily, if your hands and feet are cold it could be due to alot of reasons. Problems with blood pressure would be one. I've never heard a connection between arthritis and temperature, but there might be. I'm not a doctor, so you might try asking your normal physician.