Arthritis, in general terms, is inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints. Pain, stiffness, and swelling can result from inflammation. Arthritis is a general term for a group of more than 100 diseases. It is an acute or chronic inflammation of a joint and its surrounding tissue. Progressive joint deterioration occurs and the smooth cartilage in the joints may begin to wear down. Arthritis can eventually result in limited motion, loss of joint function, and deformities in the joints affected.
If the feet seem more susceptible to arthritis than other parts of the body, it is because each foot has 33 joints that can be afflicted and there is no way to avoid the pain of the tremendous weight bearing load on the feet.
Because arthritis can affect the structure and function of the feet, it is important to see one our doctors if any of the following symptoms occur in the feet:
- Swelling in one or more joints
- Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint
- Redness or heat in a joint
- Limitation in motion of joint
- Early morning stiffness
- Skin changes, including rashes and growths
Different forms of arthritis affect the body in different ways; many have distinct systemic effects that are not common to other forms. Early diagnosis is important to effective treatment of any form.
Please call Montgomery Foot Care Specialists today if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.