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Can You Get Osteoarthritis in Your Toe?

Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It can affect the joints in any part of the body, including those located in your big toe. This condition causes the cartilage in the joints to wear down over time, leading the bones to become exposed and painfully rub against one another. The early symptoms of arthritis in the big toe include tenderness, achiness, and joint pain. This pain may also radiate to other parts of the foot when walking. You may also develop nerve pain or a burning sensation in the foot over time. Stiffness, swelling, a gradual loss of mobility in the big toe, and difficulty walking are other symptoms that can occur. For more information on osteoarthritis in the foot, and for treatment options, consult with a podiatrist today. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lake Worth, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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