Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints of the body, including the joints of the feet. There are different forms of arthritis, two of the most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the gradual wearing down of the joint lining. It is sometimes called degenerative joint disease and is common in old age. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the white blood cells begin to attack the lining of the joint, called the synovium lining. When rheumatoid arthritis occurs in the feet, the synovium becomes inflamed and destroys the joints of the feet, as well as the ligaments and tissues that support them.
The joints of the feet most often affected by arthritis are the joint where the ankle and shinbone meet, those associated with the heel bone, and the joints of the big toe and foot bone. Symptoms of foot and ankle arthritis include pain, limited mobility, stiffness, and swelling. Damage to ligaments as a result of rheumatoid arthritis can result in deformities, such as hammertoe and bunions.
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