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4 Stages of Osteoarthritis and Its Impact on the Feet

Osteoarthritis progresses through four stages, each affecting the feet differently. In the early stage, the cartilage in the joints begins to wear down, causing mild pain and stiffness in the feet, often after physical activity. As the condition advances to the moderate stage, the cartilage damage worsens, leading to increased discomfort, swelling, and difficulty in moving the toes and ankles. The severe stage of osteoarthritis is characterized by significant cartilage loss, resulting in constant pain, inflammation, and reduced mobility. In the final stage, the cartilage is almost completely worn away, causing intense pain, deformities, and a drastic decrease in function. This progression impacts daily activities, emphasizing the need for early intervention. If your feet are affected by this type of arthritis, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Paul A. Santangelo, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Niles and Rockford, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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