There are too many types of arthritis to list each one here, but we’ll highlight a few of the most common.
Osteoarthritis – cartilage wears out from aging or overuse. The affected joints become stiff, swollen, and sore.
Rheumatoid – your body’s immune system attacks its own joints by mistake. Common symptoms are joint inflammation (redness, warmth) and pain.
Gout – because your body can’t adequately handle the uric acid in foods, sharp crystals can lodge in the joint linings, causing severe attacks of pain and inflammation. The big toe is the most common site.
Post-traumatic – a previous injury weakens the joint and makes it more susceptible to pain, swelling, stiffness, and inflammation later on. Often occurs after ankle or foot injuries.
Other fairly common complaints are actually classified as arthritis as well, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, several forms of lupus, Lyme disease, Raynaud’s phenomenon, and some types of tendinitis.
If you have pain in your feet and ankles, let our experts figure out exactly what your symptoms mean and how they should be treated. Call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona at (480) 963-9000 in Chandler, AZ or (480) 981-1800 in Gilbert and get the help you need.