How to treat Arthritis of the foot

Any joint in your body can be affected by arthritis. Although, arthritis of the foot can be particularly difficult as it can decrease your ability to move and your quality of life.  Joint pain, swelling and stiffness are all associated with arthritis, however there are ways that can help you manage the pain and continue to stay on your feet.

There are several types of arthritis that can impact your feet and these include;

  • Osteoarthritis is also referred to as degenerative joint disease and is the most common. It involves the wear and tear of joints and often affects the inner mid-foot bone, heel bone, big toe, foot bone and ankle joint.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease and targets the membrane that lines the joints, causing pain and swelling. It is regarded as a more serious form of arthritis.
  • Gout is related to the build-up of uric acid in the body. It is caused by diet and most commonly affects the big toe.
  • Psoriatic arthritis can involve in one or more joints and causes toes to swell.
  • Post-traumatic arthritis is the result of an injury such as a dislocation or fracture. It can develop slowly over time.

Arthritis Symptoms

Due to the range of arthritis that can develop, symptoms of foot and ankle arthritis can vary and include;

  • Tenderness of the foot
  • Foot pain
  • Trouble walking or placing weight on it
  • Stiffness or swelling
  • Pain after resting

Arthritis Treatment

Depending on the type of arthritis you have and your symptoms, your Podiatrist might prescribe the following;

  • Orthopaedic Footwear
  • Orthotics or Soft Insoles
  • Foot Mobilisation
  • Foot and Lower Limb Exercises
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Laser Therapy
  • Padding for your shoes

Arthritis of the foot can be painful and debilitating, however if you seek expert advice for Arthritis Treatment and make some minor changes to your lifestyle, you can continue to enjoy an active lifestyle.

Moreland Podiatry – How to treat Arthritis of the foot

For individualised advice on how to treat arthritis of the feet, feel free to contact the staff at Moreland Podiatry on (03) 9383 6633, or book online now for an appointment.