There are different forms of this disease. Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints due to normal wear and tear, but it can also present itself as an autoimmune response that attacks the synovium, a thin membrane that lines the joints. Since this condition targets the joints, it is commonly found in the feet and ankles. There a variety of symptoms.
Some effects on the joint include:
- Continuous pain or tenderness
- Degradation of cartilage
- Formation of corns, bunions, lumps, or rashes
- Limited range of motion (especially in the morning)
- Swelling of one or more joints
In regard to the symptoms above, many patients experience a change in their normal gait. If the hind foot is affected by arthritis, the bones of the foot may become misaligned and can lead to flat feet. This condition is also associated with pain and difficulty when walking.
Not all forms of arthritis are preventable, and in some cases the effects are irreversible. Getting early treatment for arthritic conditions is vital to effective treatment. Schedule an appointment online with Dr. Evan Merrill or contact our Medford office at (541) 776-3338.