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Types and Causes of Toe Arthritis

Toe arthritis comes in various forms, each with its triggers and symptoms. Osteoarthritis, which is often spurred by wear and tear or injury, gradually erodes the cartilage between toe bones. Rheumatoid arthritis unleashes inflammation throughout the body, causing redness, warmth, and swelling in the toes, along with systemic symptoms like fatigue. Gout, driven by uric acid crystal formation, particularly targets the big toe and can be influenced by genetics, diet, alcohol intake, and obesity. Psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune condition, often causes skin lesions that precede joint symptoms. For suspected toe arthritis, a podiatrist can offer a comprehensive assessment, including medical history, physical examination, X-rays, and possibly joint fluid analysis, to pinpoint the type and extent of the condition. For help with your toe pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Pasquale Cancelliere, DPM from Candria Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Londonderry, NH and Salem, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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