One of the most common places someone might think you can get arthritis is in your knees, hips, or spine. However, believe it or not, you can actually get arthritis in your feet too!
Arthritis is a condition where the normal joint cartilage wears down, joint space narrows, and bone starts to rub on bone. Whereas, a non-arthritic joint, has good joint space, smooth cartilage that allows the joint to glide, and space between the two bone surfaces. When the bones of a joint start to grind on each other, this leads to pain caused by arthritis.
These arthritic changes can also occur in the joints of the foot. One of the most common places it can occur in the feet is in the big toe joint. Arthritic changes can occur in any joint and cause inflammation.
Symptoms of arthritis are inflammation, stiffness, decrease in range of motion, and pain in a joint. Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are treatment options available to help alleviate the pain and relieve symptoms. With proper treatment, many people are able to manage pain and get back to the activities they love to do.
Conservative Treatment Options
Initial treatment for arthritis consists of conservative treatment options which are available for patients to help decrease their pain. Some conservative treatment options include:
Surgical Treatment Options
Should conservative treatment not provide adequate relief, surgical treatment may be recommended.
At Serenity Foot and Ankle Specialists, we will always discuss all of your treatment options with you and come to a decision about treatment together.
If you are having big toe pain, call 847-380-3700 for an appointment today!