Arthritis

Arthritis means “joint inflammation.” When it affects joints of the foot it can produce swelling and pain, progressing in some cases to deformity, loss of joint function, and decreased ability to walk.

Each foot has 33 joints that move, to some degree, each and every step. It is commonly known that athletes who play contact sports can suffer from arthritis in their joints later in life. Your feet play a virtual contact sport each and every step of the day. They pound the pavement when walking and running throughout life.  Using this analogy, it is easy to appreciate that feet, like knees and hips, succumb to joint damage/arthritis. It is important to know what form of arthritis is affecting your foot.

Our podiatrist’s can determine this and advise on how to minimise discomfort in the affected joints. Unfortunately, it is not a matter of curing the arthritis; it is about making each step of the day comfortable.