How Osteoarthritis Affects the Feet

Osteoarthritis is a common degenerative joint disease that affects various joints, including the feet. It occurs when the tissues in the joint break down over time, leading to pain, stiffness, and limited joint motion. The exact cause of osteoarthritis is still unknown, but factors like aging, being overweight, joint injuries, and genetics can increase the risk of developing the condition. In the case of feet, osteoarthritis can lead to bony enlargements and shape changes in the joints, especially in the toes. This can result in pain and limited movement when walking or standing. Over time, the weakening of muscles and ligaments may cause the foot to feel unstable or loose. Also, bits of bone or cartilage may break off and float inside the joint space, contributing to increased pain and inflammation. As the condition worsens, simple tasks like walking or standing can become challenging, and lead to fatigue, sleep problems, and even depression. If you suspect you have osteoarthritis affecting your feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Community Foot Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.


  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Beavercreek, Dayton, and Vandalia, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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