Inflammation in the joints and cartilage. With so many joints in the foot, it can be particularly problematic. There are many types; probably the two best known are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis results in a deterioration of the cartilage in the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most severe form of joint deterioration, affecting people of all ages. It can lead to conditions such as bunions, hammer toes, claw toes, and painful nodules on the bottom of the foot.
What causes it?
Heredity, injury, bacterial or viral infections, and other causes.
Signs and Symptoms:
Pain, burning, swelling, redness, and gnarling of the joints in some cases.
Prevention and Treatments:
Prescription custom orthotics to help cushion and accommodate for the structural foot changes associated with arthritis; orthotics used for people with arthritis require special materials and adaptations to the prescription to increase cushioning. Special padding to offload specific problem areas of the foot.
Your Chiropodist can provide further footwear advice. Possibly prescription custom footwear from your Chiropodist,depending on the severity of the structural foot problem.