Foot and Ankle Arthritis: Know It to Treat It
If you have been diagnosed with foot or ankle arthritis, it can help to know that you are not alone. Approximately 1% of the US population, in fact, suffers from it, with the majority of people developing it during their senior years.
This happens because, as we age, our cartilage gradually deteriorates. It’s not surprising, then that almost 20% of over-65 experience some degree of degenerative changes in their feet and ankle joints.
Arthritis of the feet and ankles, though, is not only associated with osteoarthritis – the type of arthritis that occurs later in life – but it can also be connected to rheumatoid arthritis or gout.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that, at present, has no cure – although its symptoms can and should be managed effectively. This condition causes bone loss and, in more severe cases, joint deformities.
Gout, on the other hand, is a type of arthritis that starts developing from the joint of the big toes. Due to the buildup of uric acid in the body, your big toe becomes red, swollen, inflamed and incredibly painful. Luckily, this condition can be treated with simple changes in your diet as well as by incorporating certain medications.