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Symptoms of Foot and Ankle Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. It commonly affects the foot and ankle, causing significant discomfort and mobility issues. Symptoms of foot and ankle osteoarthritis often include pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited range of motion. These symptoms may worsen over time. Contributing factors to the development of osteoarthritis consist of joint wear and tear, previous sprains or fractures, and abnormal foot structure. If you are experiencing persistent foot pain or discomfort, seeking help from a podiatrist is essential. This foot doctor can conduct a thorough evaluation, including a review of your medical history, physical examination, and possibly imaging studies like X-rays or MRI scans to accurately diagnose foot and ankle osteoarthritis. If you have developed osteoarthritis in the feet or ankles, it is suggested that you meet with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Summit Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Wallace, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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