What is Foot and Ankle Arthritis?
Foot and ankle arthritis is a type of arthritis specific to the feet that gradually erode away joints where bones meet. In early stages, the affected joint may seem stiff or ache, and as the libricating cartilage lining the joint breaks down, the bones cause friction while rubbing against each other, resulting in swelling and pain. As the condition progresses, bone spurs develop, which are tiny pieces of splintered bone that can greatly limit the joint’s range of movement. Dr. Young has worked with arthritis patients for several decades, and can help people afflicted with foot and ankle arthritis live a pain-free life.
Your feet are some of the most used parts of the body – they are the human’s fundamental way of transportation, and such frequently daily use will inevitably wear them down. Injury, age, and use are the typical causes of arthritis, and many people will develop some arthritis at some point in their feet.
Which Joints are Most Susceptible to Foot and Ankle Arthritis?
The Big Toe
Often appearing with bunions, arthritis is common in the big toe due to it’s constant weight bearing function during walking. This type of arthritis is known as Hallux Rigidus, and can also include pain from bone spurs located near the big toe.
If you feel pain when you put weight on your foot, you may be suffering from arthritis in the midfoot,ankles, or rear joints. If you suspect you have arthritis of the foot or ankle and are a Michigan resident, contact Dr. Young below for treatment options.
What is Gout?
Gout is the recurrence of acute inflammatory arthritis in the foot, typically in the big toe. Gout is caused by a high concentration of uric acid in the blood, which can then collect and crystallize in joint cavities, causing major pain and difficulty in mobility.
Diet plays a huge factor in gout, and can be influenced by alcohol intake, meat intake, and sugary drinks. Likewise, gout can often be prevented with a balanced diet that includes things like coffee, vitamin C, and avoiding alcohol and sugar intake.
Once diagnosed, gout must be treated with podiatric care from a provider like Dr. Young. Treatment often involves steroids, NSAIDs, Colchicine, and other pharmaceuticals.