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Podiatric arthritis

Arthritis, in general terms, is inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints. Arthritis has multiple causes; just as a sore throat may have its origin in a variety of diseases, joint inflammation and arthritis are associated with many different illnesses. 

Arthritic feet can result in loss of mobility and independence, but early diagnosis and proper medical care can help significantly.

WHEN TO VISIT A PODIATRIST

Because arthritis can affect the structure and function of the feet, it is important to see a doctor of podiatric medicine if any of the following symptoms occur in the feet:

  • Swelling in one or more joints

  • Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint

  • Redness or heat in a joint

  • Limitation in motion of joint

  • Early morning stiffness

  • Skin changes, including rashes and growths

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