Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints, and it can appear all around the body, including the toes and feet.
Because May is Arthritis Awareness Month, today Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing treatment options and tips for caring for arthritic feet.
Arthritic joint pain is typically caused by an inflammatory response and is usually felt in the ankle, the middle part of the foot, or the toes. There are several different kinds of arthritis that can affect the feet, including Reactive, Rheumatoid, and Psoriatic arthritis.
Osteoarthritis, caused by the bones rubbing together, and making the joints feel stiff and painful, is the most common kind. Overweight patients and seniors are more at risk for arthritic feet. Some patients have had it since childhood, making them more susceptible to developing foot deformities like swollen joints and bunions.
While arthritis cannot be cured, the symptoms can be relieved with treatment, so you may continue to jog, exercise, work, and walk without debilitating pain.
Seeing your podiatrist is an important part of caring for your arthritic feet. But there are also some things you can do at home to keep your joints and feet in good condition:
Arthritic feet shouldn't stop you from your normal activities. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, to schedule a visit. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.