Arthritis is the medical term used to describe a cluster of conditions that affect around 20% of adults living in the United States. Specifically speaking, there are more than 100 different conditions and diseases that fall under the term “arthritis”; many of these affect joints in the knees, feet, and toes. Here are some of the most common arthritic conditions that affect these joints:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Juvenile arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Lyme arthritis (or Lyme disease)
While the word “arthritis” comes from the Greek arthro- (joint) and –itis (inflammation), it is a common misconception that arthritis is synonymous with joint inflammation. In fact, one of the most common forms of arthritis in the foot and toes, osteoarthritis, is primarily characterized by stiffness and pain. Arthritis affects not only the joint itself, but also connective tissue and other tissues that surround the joint. The type of symptoms encountered depend to a great extent on which type of foot or toe arthritis the patient has. Below we will discuss a few of the most common forms of arthritis in the foot and toes and their possible causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Causes of Foot and Toe Arthritis
Do you have arthritis in the feet, arthritis in the toes, or arthritis in fing