In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the aches and pains of arthritis in the feet and ankles.

According to the Arthritis Foundation close to half of people in their sixties and seventies suffer from arthritis foot pain. In fact, the damage starts even sooner. Beginning in our forties, the feet begin to show wear and tear. Arthritis commonly attacks joints in the hands, knees, and hips, but it can occur in any part of the body where joints exist including the feet. A number of different types of arthritis can cause foot pain. When cartilage wears away between the bones, tissues may become inflamed. Synovial fluid, a fluid between the joints, may drain away or a bacterial infection may strike. Whatever the cause, symptoms can be difficult to understand at first.

Most common type of arthritis found in the foot is toe arthritis and it is caused by inflammation of the toe joint. The disease most often attacks the big toe, but other toes may be affected as well. Clues may be past injuries or traumas, such as a broken or sprained toe, which may cause arthritis to settle in at some point down the road. However, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic, traumatic arthritis, and gout may also be to blame.

Pain is most likely the first noticeable symptom of arthritis. You may feel a general pain in the toes or on the big toe alone. Patients describe it as ranging from a deep, achy feeling to a sharper, stabbing sensation when they try to move. It may be minor, moderate, or severe depending on the level of deterioration or inflammation in the joint. Besides Pain, there are other symptoms of arthritis in the feet such as, stiffness, swelling, and the sound of your joints grinding for example.

Listen to find out more about more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.