There are many types of arthritis that cause and exacerbate painful problems with joints, muscles, and bones throughout your body. These problems are often more noticeable in the feet and ankles where pain, swelling and stiffness cause considerable difficulty with mobility.
3 types of arthritis that can cause pain in the feet and ankles include the following:
- Osteoarthritis – this common form of arthritis is caused by the deterioration of cartilage that separates the bones and prevents them from rubbing. While the big toe joints are most often affected by this condition the ankle joint is also highly susceptible.
- Gouty arthritis – uric acid build up in the blood can cause painful crystals to form in the joints. Foods that are high in purines and alcoholic beverages contribute to this increase in uric acid formation, so watching your diet can help avoid getting gout.
- Reactionary arthritis – this is a type of arthritis that is precipitated by an infection of the gastrointestinal system or urinary tract. The infection causes inflammation in the bladder and kidneys that can lead to swelling and stiffness in the joints of the knees, ankles, and toes.
Arthritic pain in the feet and ankles can be treated with a variety of methods by your foot care professional to help ease the pain and discomfort. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.