Did you know? There are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis and related conditions.
The most common types which affect your feet are;
Osteoarthritis occurs from wear and tear, (joint deterioration), as a result of ageing or trauma. Our oldest patient with this condition is an incredible 99 years old.
Rheumatoid arthritis – This is an autoimmune condition. This means that your body recognises itself as a foreign attack. And in turn the body will start to fight against itself. Unfortunately this causes damage to your joints. This is the most common condition we see in clinic. It tends to occur in middle aged women. Rheumatoid Arthritis affects the smaller joints most commonly in the hands and feet.
Common Symptoms in the feet include;
  • morning pain 
  • joint stiffness
  • numbness
  • warmth
  • burning and tingling.
Juvenile arthritis – is a type of arthritis which can be diagnosed in babies as young as 6 months and is usually diagnosed up to the age of 16. We notice it when the joints are warm or swollen. The child will often complain of pain in their ankles and heels. This can be misdiagnosed as growing pains. Check out our blog on growing pains.
Spondyloarthropathies – This can affect the neck, back, pelvis. Ankylosing spondylitis the most common type of this arthritis which we see in clinic. We particularly see this more often in young men. People will complain of pain and stiffness in their lower back with inflammation. This condition responds really well to special prescription orthotics. As well as specific exercises to help strenghten the muscles around the joint.
Gout can be one of the most painful forms of arthritis. Your first flare up is most often in your big toe. It will be red, hot and extremely painful to touch. Gout is caused when there is too much uric acid in your blood. In turn uric acid crystals build up within your joints. This therefore triggers severe pain, redness and tenderness around the big toe.
If you have any concerns or worries, please do not hesitate to contact Waldron Podiatry. We will be able to discuss your symptoms and organise a bespoke treatment plan for you.
There is also a wealth of information available on http://www.arthritisireland.ie

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