Arthritis is caused by the swelling and inflammation of the joints’ cartilage and can lead to significant pain. Since each foot has 33 joints, it comes as no surprise that they can be severely impacted by arthritis. Because arthritis in the feet can affect your mobility, it’s important to contact Dr. Joshi if you notice pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles. 

Arthritis and Your Feet

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, and many of those can affect your feet and ankles. Podiatrists break down arthritis into three main categories: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and posttraumatic arthritis. 

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is degenerative arthritis caused by the wear and tear on your joints. While osteoarthritis is commonly associated with senior populations, it can occur in people of all ages. 

Osteoarthritis slowly deteriorates the protective cartilage from the joint. Instead of merely wearing the cartilage down, it can also leave jagged or rough edges. As the space between the joints decreases, pain, swelling, and discomfort can get worse. 

The slow progression of osteoarthritis means that early intervention can help reduce unnecessary deterioration. Dr. Anant Joshi specializes in arthritis care and can help you minimize the effects of this condition. 

Rheumatoid arthritis: An autoimmune disorder causes this type of arthritis. The body mistakenly attacks its own tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis explicitly targets the synovium, the joints’ covering, that keeps them freely moving. As this tissue becomes inflamed, it can cause pain and swelling. Over time, the synovium is damaged and begins to disappear. 

Rheumatoid arthritis is considered a symmetrical autoimmune disorder. This means that symptoms will appear in joints on both sides of the body. However, rheumatoid arthritis does not attack every joint. 

Doctors and researchers don’t understand all of the underlying factors of rheumatoid arthritis. However, it seems to have some genetic components. Knowing your family history is vital. Many patients find that environmental factors or infections may trigger an attack on the joints. 

Posttraumatic arthritis: As the name suggests, posttraumatic arthritis is caused by a previous injury or trauma to the joint. Patients with broken or dislocated bones are more likely to experience posttraumatic arthritis. The onset of arthritis can vary from person-to-person and the extent of their injuries. 

Getting Help

Fortunately, Dr. Joshi specializes in the treatment of podiatric arthritis. He offers several treatment options that reduce pain and discomfort. Some of his suggestions may include lifestyle changes such as losing weight, eating healthier, and exercising regularly. 

The doctor may also suggest other treatment options, such as: 

  • Physical therapy

  • Anti-inflammatory medications

  • Cortisone shots

  • Surgery 

Schedule Your Appointment 

Have you noticed chronic pain in your feet? It may be a sign of arthritis. Schedule your appointment today for a comprehensive exam by Dr. Joshi. We look forward to helping you start a treatment plan that brings comfort and relief from arthritis.