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Arthritis in the Toes

Tuesday, 02 May 2023 00:00

Arthritis can occur in any part of the body where joints exist. Since toes have many joints, this is a common place for arthritis to develop. Different types of arthritis can attack the toes, primarily osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. If the cartilage wears away between the bones in the toes, they will rub together and inflammation will occur. The big toe is the one most often affected. Past injuries, such as broken or sprained toes, can gradually cause arthritis. Aging, being overweight, and having a family history of arthritis are risk factors for this affliction. Symptoms of toe arthritis include pain, stiffness, and swelling. A clicking, popping, or a grinding noise can also be symptoms. Toe arthritis can cause difficulty with mobility. If you have toe pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose arthritis, and provide correct treatment options.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Grobowski Foot & Ankle. our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Bellevue, Seattle, and Issaquah, WA, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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