There’s pain. There’s swelling. There’s stiffness. It hurts. It could be arthritis, the general name for more than 100 types. Learn more about how it affects the foot and ankle and what can be done to help.

Causes & Triggers

  • Aging
  • Cartilage wear-and-tear
  • Environmental factors
  • Fracture, injury or trauma
  • Triggers such as infection

Signs & Symptoms

  • Balance issues
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Difficulty walking, moving or bearing weight
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Tips & Treatments

  • There are 28 bones and more than 30 joints in the foot.
  • There are three different types of arthritis affecting foot and ankle:
    • Osteoarthritis: caused by degeneration of the cartilage covering the bones
    • Post-Traumatic Arthritis: joints are seven times more likely to become arthritic after injury, fracture or trauma, even if properly treated
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis: the body’s immune system attacks joints causing pain, swelling, stiffness and deformity