Arthralgia and arthritis are terms often used interchangeably, but they describe distinct conditions related to joint health that can affect the feet. Arthritis belongs to a group of inflammatory joint conditions in the foot, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout. On the other hand, arthralgia is a medical term for foot joint pain, which can arise from various causes including injury, infection, or overuse. While arthralgia is a symptom frequently experienced by individuals with foot arthritis, not all joint pain is a result of arthritic inflammation. Arthritis can lead to severe complications, affecting mobility and overall quality of life. In contrast, arthralgia's complications are typically related to the underlying cause of joint pain. Identifying the root cause is crucial for effective management and treatment. Both medical and home treatments can help alleviate foot joint pain. Exercising, resting, stretching, and pain relievers can provide relief. In more severe cases, medical interventions like disease-modifying drugs, biological drugs, or joint replacement surgery may be necessary. If you are suffering from foot pain of any type that is not responding to home treatment, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Arthritic Foot Care
Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.
In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
- Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
- Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
- Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.
It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Oradell, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.