What is Foot Arthritis?

Foot arthritis is very common, as it is more noticeable in the weight-bearing joints, and can reduce mobility if left too long without treatment.

Prevention of arthritis and  foot deformity is very important and must start in the early stages of the condition, to achieve the best results.

By the age of 65, approximately 80% of us will have visible signs of osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis) on X-ray, but only 25% of people will experience symptoms.

Foot Arthritis Snapshot

  • Dull ache and stiffness in the foot
  • Reduced mobility if left untreated
  • Foot Mobilisation Therapy is an effective treatment
  • Supportive and cushioned footwear is necessary


Causes of Foot Arthritis

    • Autoimmune conditions (e.g Rheumatoid Arthritis, where the body’s own cells attack the cartilage surrounding the joint. This results in inflammation and swelling and eventually destruction of the joint cartilage).
    • Genetics.
    • Previous injury or surgery to the affected joint (e.g fractures, ankle reconstructions).
    • Age (cartilage becomes brittle with less capacity to repair itself and withstand pressure).
    • Weight (increase strain and wear on the joint).
    • Illness of infections (e.g septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, gout).
    • Occupation, as joint position and strain on joints, varies between different jobs.


Foot Arthritis Symptoms


Treatment for Foot Arthritis

  • Customised foot orthoses to provide comfort and support to the joints in the feet.
  • Foot Mobilisation Therapy to improve joint movement and stimulate joint lubrication.
  • Prolotherapy
  • Footwear recommendations and advice.
  • Gentle, no weight-bearing exercises (hydrotherapy, cycling).
  • Anti-inflammatories or alternative pain relief only if necessary.
  • In severe cases surgical options include; joint replacement and/ or fixation of joints.

Arthritis is a common cause of foot pain frequently encountered by podiatrists.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms do not leave it to get worse, book an appointment with us today. Well Heeled Podiatry uses effective and unique treatment options clinically proven to be beneficial for  arthritis in the feet.


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