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Symptoms of Arthritic Feet

Arthritis in the feet is a condition that typically causes pain and discomfort. There are several kinds of arthritis, and the most common type is called osteoarthritis. It happens when the cartilage that is found between the bones and joints breaks down, which may lead to stiffness and a reduced range of motion. Gout can cause severe pain and is a form of arthritis. The pain often starts in the joints of the big toe and may radiate throughout the entire foot if prompt medical attention is not sought. It is caused by excess uric acid, causing crystals to form in the big toe. This may occur for several reasons including genetics or eating foods that have high levels of purines. The autoimmune disease that is known as lupus can affect the small joints of the feet and is classified as a type of arthritis. If you have foot pain, please confer with a chiropodist who can determine if it is caused by arthritis, and how to properly treat it.

Osteoarthritis in the feet or ankles can be a painful and disabling condition that may interfere with your daily activities. If you have arthritis, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Osteoarthritis? 

Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the protective layer of cartilage in the joints breaks down over time. This loss of cartilage causes the bones to rub together during movement, leading to pain and inflammation. Osteoarthritis is associated with aging, and often affects the small joints of the feet and ankles. 


Symptoms of osteoarthritis include: 

  • Joint pain

  • Joint stiffness

  • Swelling in or around the joint

  • Restricted range of motion

  • Difficulty walking


Osteoarthritis can be diagnosed through physical examination. You may also need to have an X-ray taken to assess the extent of the damage caused by arthritis. 


Treatment for osteoarthritis focuses on reducing symptoms and improving the function of the affected joints. Conservative treatments include oral pain medications, orthotic devices, bracing or immobilizing the affected foot or ankle, steroid injections into the affected joint to reduce inflammation, and physical therapy. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. 

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

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