Leg & Foot Pain: Could it be Arthritis?

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints, causing pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced range of motion of the affected area (which may come and go). There are different types of arthritis that are caused by different things such as underlying diseases, infections, and family history to name a few.

Leg Pain

Arthritis leg pain is generally associated with specific joints such as the hips, feet, knees, and ankles. Most people who suffer from leg pain when walking tend to think arthritis is the case, but it could be peripheral artery disease (PAD), which also causes leg pain. It is important if you are experiencing any leg pain for a prolonged period of time, to consult your doctor. Diagnosis of arthritis may include:

  • Detailed medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Blood tests
  • Imaging studies
  • Synovial fluid examination

Whereas diagnosis of PAD could include,

  • Ultrasounds
  • Angiography
  • Ankle-brachial Index (ABI)

Foot Pain

Various types of arthritis can affect your feet, but the most common are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. Symptoms may include,

  • Tenderness at the joint
  • Pain/trouble when moving
  • Joint stiffness, swelling, and warmth
  • Pain and swelling after you rest

There are various treatments for arthritis in the foot, which depend on your symptoms and what is causing your arthritis.

In conclusion, there are many factors that could cause your leg or foot pain such as diabetic neuropathy, gout, Raynaud’s disease, or even tendonitis, but it is important to speak with your doctor if you are experiencing chronic or debilitating pain.

The dedicated team of physicians at American Foot & Leg Specialists have been leaders in the field of podiatric medicine and surgery, educating each patient and begin a targeted treatment program, while providing the highest quality of care available. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, contact us today!