Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease affecting joints. Joints are cushioned by cartilage located at the ends of the bones, forming a protective barrier between the bones, allowing them to glide over, rather than rub against, each other. Osteoarthritis occurs when this cartilage wears down due to overuse or injury, causing inflammation and pain. Worn-out knee joints are classic cases of such arthritis that many seek treatment for. However, arthritis can also affect the joints in the foot.

Osteoarthritis in the foot occurs mostly in the joint between the big toe and its long bone, termed the first metatarsophalangeal joint. The ankle, the hindfoot, and the midfoot are also commonly affected. Various factors can contribute to the development of osteoarthritis. These include injury, overuse, anatomical anomalies, biomechanical problems, flat feet, or high arches. If you feel discomfort at your toes, you may seek medical osteoarthritis treatment from our podiatry specialists in Singapore.

Foot Osteoarthritis

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Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms for the wear and tear of bone tissues are similar in cases of both foot, ankle and knee arthritis, while treatment may differ depending on the severity of the condition.

  • Pain and stiffness of the affected joint
  • Limited motion of the affected joint
  • Swelling of the affected joint
  • Bone spurs (or protrusion)

Treatment for foot osteoarthritis

Lifestyle treatments for knee osteoarthritis in Singapore are also suggested for arthritis in the foot. They include:

  • Exercise
  • Adequate amount of sleep
  • Weight loss
  • Heat and cold therapy

Should non-surgical medical treatments be required to treat your condition, our podiatrist will advise accordingly. Some of the osteoarthritis treatments we provide in Singapore may range from oral medications to physical therapy.

Latest Research Links:

Read up on latest research on foot osteoarthritis and treatment available. You may further discuss with our specialist when you visit our clinic in Singapore.

Foot osteoarthritis: latest evidence and developments

Footwear interventions for foot pain, function, impairment and disability for people with foot and ankle arthritis: A literature review

Meet a podiatrist to discuss treatment plans

Find out more about the osteoarthritis treatment we provide at our clinic in Singapore by contacting us at +65 6464 8654. You may also reach out to our clinic in Malaysia at +603 7710 5244 if you are in Kuala Lumpur.

Kardem Kiter

Article by Kardem Kiter, Specialist Podiatrist at Family Podiatry Centre.

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