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Which Type of Arthritis Do I Have?

The ankles and feet are responsible for the body’s mobility. Arthritis can affect the joints and range of motion may be limited, as a result of the pain arthritis can cause. There are several kinds of arthritis, and there are a few types that can affect the feet. A degenerative form of arthritis is known as osteoarthritis, or OA, and it tends to happen to people who are middle-aged. A common symptom of the autoimmune disease that is referred to as rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, may lead to incurring a foot deformity, and it is often difficult to walk. An injury may cause post-traumatic arthritis to develop, which causes the cartilage to gradually wear away. Many patients have symptoms of arthritis that can consist of swelling, tenderness, and there may be pain while moving the foot. When the feet are affected by arthritis, patients may lose their sense of balance. If you have foot pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine if arthritis is present, and offer you correct treatment solutions.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Springfield Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.


  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Springfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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