What is Foot, Ankle, Toes Arthritis?
At our San Jose Podiatrist foot / ankle center, we know that almost 40 million Americans are afflicted with arthritis, a painful, complex disease that typically causes the stiffening and inflammation of the joints. Whilst inflammation is usually associated with the body healing itself, arthritis is not and can occur at anytime. It isn’t just the joints that can be affected, the tendons and ligaments that surround the joint itself can suffer as well. The two most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative form of arthritis which usually causes damage to bones’ cartilage. It typically occurs in adults over 50; it can be hereditary and more commonly occurs in women. It tends to strike in joints that are well used like the hips, knees and the big toes. Rheumatoid Arthritis, the most serious form of arthritis, is an autoimmune disease that typically occurs in adults between 40-50 years old. It is seen three to four times more in women than it is in men. It is a progressive disease that causes inflammation in the joints resulting in a deformed joint and ultimately its immobility, it can also cause further issues with other tissue and organs. Rheumatoid Arthritis is most prevalent in the hands, (fingers especially), the feet and ankles, it is usually seen in symmetrical fashion i.e. if it affects the joint in one limb, it will affect the joint in the other. Flare ups are usually proceeded by periods of remission. Sufferers should be aware that being overweight is bad if diagnosed with arthritis as it puts unnecessary pressure on all the joints. The extra weight, particularly on the load bearing feet, speeds up the cartilage’s deterioration and can bring about the onset of bone spurs.
Arthritis and the Feet, ankle, Toes.
All body parts are vital, but at San Jose Podiatrist foot / ankle center we believe our feet are the providers of independence: they allow us to move around and they need to be taken care of. If it seems as if the feet are unfairly targeted through arthritis, they are, but that is because they have 33 joints each that can be afflicted. Arthritis of the feet and ankles (like all arthritis) can be avoided if diagnosed early and proper treatment given by our foot / ankle surgeon.
Causes of Feet, toes, ankles Arthritis.
There are many causes for arthritis, some preventable, others not, here at San Jose Podiatrist we have narrowed the list to:
Result of Injury. Injuries which have not been dealt with properly or just ignored, principally in athletes and industrial workers, can lead to Osteoarthritis.
Inherited. Sadly Osteoarthritis is a hereditary disease.
Result of infections. Bacteria and viral infections that affect the joints can cause arthritis, a side effect of Lyme disease for example is inflammation.
Autoimmune. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a an autoimmune condition. Sometimes this condition can be associated with bunions.
In conjunction with certain bowel disorders. It may sound illogical, but colitis and ileitis often cause inflammation of the feet and ankles.
Symptoms of Feet, toes, ankles arthritis.
Joint pain, tenderness and stiffness particularly in the early morning.
Inflammation in and around the joints that isn’t caused by an injury.
Mild fevers, night sweats and/or warm, red skin over the affected joint.
Weight loss, weakness and muscle wasting, tiredness.
So if you suffer with arthritis and are seeking relief, San Jose Podiatrist can provide you with a personalized treatment program.
We can help your foot, ankle or toes condition – Call Dr. Nguyen Ky today if you need help with or have questions about arthritis treatment in the feet, toes, or ankles in San Jose CA, call us today or send an email to the right!!
Dr. Nguyen Ky D.P.M. (408) 292-2485
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