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Toe Arthritis Is Common

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Many people have arthritis in various joints of the body, and this often includes the toes. It can happen as a result of cartilage that has been worn away causing the bones in the toes to rub together. This can produce severe pain and discomfort and generally happens to the big toe. There are various reasons why arthritis in the toes occurs including genetic history, being overweight, and increased age. Additionally, women who frequently wear high heels may be at risk to develop this type of arthritis, so it is suggested that flat shoes are alternated with high heels. The first symptom to accompany arthritis is pain. Patients often describe it as an ache that develops gradually, or it may feel like a stabbing sensation. Additional symptoms may include stiffness or swelling, and there can be a clicking noise. As arthritis develops, it may become difficult to walk and may feel better when the affected foot is elevated. If you have arthritis in your toes, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment techniques.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact John M. Fanelly, DPM from Northeast Philadelphia. Our doctor 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 office located in Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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