What is Foot Arthritis?
Arthritis refers to painful inflammation and stiffness of joints which as time can be very painful and disabling. The most common form is osteoarthritis (breakdown of cartilage in the joints, leading to bone to bone contact). Foot arthritis can produce ankle swelling and pain and in severe cases it can cause loss of function.
Other causes of foot arthritis are:
- Rheumatological conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Traumatic (due to fracture that affected the joint)
- Gouty arthropathy (Gout attack)