Up to 90% of men and women who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis have foot issues, and it’s also quite common among osteoarthritis sufferers. In fact, the feet often show signs of arthritis like swelling and joint pain before the rest of the body does. The podiatric physicians at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York can help arthritis sufferers manage symptoms so that arthritis won’t prevent a great quality of life. Schedule an appointment through the online portal for arthritis help now.
Arthritis affects your joints by causing inflamed and swollen cartilage and joint lining. Although you have joints in many places on your body, the foot has more joints than anywhere else.
With 33 different joints each, your feet are especially susceptible to arthritis symptoms simply because there are so many joints there.
Some of the signs of arthritis in the feet to watch for include:
Arthritis symptoms can happen nearly anywhere in your foot, but they're most common in your:
You may have pain and other symptoms in multiple places at once if your arthritis is severe.
The podiatric physicians at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can create a custom treatment plan for you. Your treatment will depend upon how severe your symptoms are.
Your podiatrist will always start with the most conservative treatment first, and will then work with you to find out what's most effective. Treatment options can include:
In some cases, controllable factors like your weight may be contributing to or worsening your arthritis symptoms. If this is the case for you, your podiatrist can recommend lifestyle changes that may help you achieve better health.
While you'll get some exercise during physical therapy, it's also a good idea to exercise on your own. Regular exercise can improve joint strength and flexibility, and this can help decrease pain and other symptoms.
Your podiatrist can recommend exercises that complement physical therapy. Activities like swimming are often great choices for foot arthritis sufferers because it requires no pressure on the feet and ankles.
Suffering from painful feet or other possible arthritis symptoms? Take the first step towards relief now by arranging an appointment with one of our podiatrists via the online tool.