Arthritis is a catchall term used for numerous conditions that cause stiffness and inflammation in joints. Common types of arthritis that affect foot and ankle health include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and post-traumatic arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is frequently associated with arthritis because it is the most common arthritic condition. This can be thought of as the “wear and tear” variety that develops over time.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder. In this condition, the immune system attacks and breaks down protective joint lining.
Gout is a form of arthritis that develops in response to dietary habits. More specifically, it is caused by uric acid buildup that crystalizes in joints (particularly the one found at the base of the big toe). Uric acid is a natural byproduct of food breakdown, but issues arise when either too much is produced or it is not properly expelled from the body.
Post-traumatic arthritis is an early onset of osteoarthritis that happens following a traumatic injury.
No matter which arthritic condition is affecting your lower limbs, Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida is ready to help. Give us a call at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) to request an appointment today.