Various Forms of Arthritis

There are several joints, tendons, and muscles that are found in each foot. When arthritis in the foot develops, it can affect mobility and the range of motion may be reduced. Common symptoms of arthritic feet can consist of swelling, pain, stiffness, and in severe cases, the joints may become deformed. There are three main types of arthritis that can affect the feet. One type is osteoarthritis (OA), which is gradual wear and tear as the aging process occurs. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is considered to be an autoimmune disease and is often accompanied by inflammation. It may cause the foot to eventually lose function. If an injury happens to the foot, post-traumatic arthritis may occur and can affect the cartilage between the joints. Arthritis may affect balance in the feet, possibly causing the patient to become unsteady. Managing arthritic feet may be done by engaging in low-impact activity, maintaining a moderate weight, and eating healthy foods. If you have foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose arthritis and offer the correct treatment solutions.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Lewis Wolstein, DPM, P.C. & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.


  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Co-Op City, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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