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Foot and Toe Arthritis

Many people develop arthritis in the feet, and it may be more prevalent in the toes. It is often a result of worn cartilage as this may cause the bones to rub together. Inflammation may occur as well as pain. Toe arthritis may happen from having gout, a past toe injury, obesity, or possibly from genetic reasons. Additionally, women who frequently wear high heels may have an increased risk of getting toe arthritis and this may be due to limited room in the toe area of the shoes. One of the first symptoms of arthritis in the feet or toes is pain. It can range from an achy sensation to a stabbing feeling when trying to move the feet. This can be followed by the feet or toes becoming stiff and it often hurts when walking. In more severe cases, a popping or clicking sound may be heard and this happens from the deterioration of the cartilage that acts as a cushion between the bones. If you have this type of pain in your feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine if you have developed arthritis and offer you the correct treatment options.


Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from William Street Podiatry. 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 William Street in New York, NY, Madison Avenue, New York, NY, Forest Hills, NY, and Broadway in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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