What Causes Arthritis in the Feet?

Arthritis is not a single disease. Instead, arthritis refers to either joint (where two bones meet) pain or joint-related disease, encompassing over 100 different conditions.

Three arthritis facts:

  • It is the most common cause of disability in the United States.
  • It is more common in women than men.
  • It tends to worsen and be more prevalent with age.

What causes arthritis? Keep reading to find out.

Arthritis Symptoms

The most common symptoms include:

  • Reduced range of motion
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness

Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and for many people, some days are better than others as symptoms tend to come and go.

Symptoms can also remain stable for many years but frequently worsen with age.

Arthritis Causes

Many different things can cause arthritis and worsen it. Some of the most common include:

  • Past injuries (sprains and fractures)
  • General wear and tear over time
  • Overuse injuries
  • Being overweight
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Frequently wearing high-heeled shoes
  • An autoimmune disease affecting joint health

Different Types of Arthritis in the Feet

The most common forms of arthritis found in the feet are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Gout
  • Lupus

For more information about these conditions, check out our blog “How To Relieve Foot Arthritis Pain.”

The Foot & Ankle Center

While many conditions fall under the umbrella term of arthritis, we are well equipped to handle all of them. At The Foot & Ankle Center, we pride ourselves on the expertise we use to ensure that you are back on your feet, feeling great, in no time!

Click here to schedule a same-day appointment, or call (314) 487-9300.