Foot Osteoarthritis Symptoms

        Foot Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Foot Osteoarthritis symptoms

Golfers Toe is caused by the over extension of the big toe on the back foot which leads to the cartilage being worn away.

May I suggest you read What is Osteoarthritis before you read this page. It will explain the actual degeneration process. This page runs through specific foot osteoarthritis symptoms.

Please note this advice on foot osteoarthritis symptoms is NOT mean to replace a visit to a health care professional. In fact I hope it pushes you into going to see one!

Osteoarthritis can occur in any of the joints in the foot or toes but is most commonly found at the base of the big toes (known as Golfers Toe). It is more common in the arch of the foot and other joints when the foot osteoarthritis symptoms are associated with obesity.

First a quick anatomy lesson.

Foot Anatomy Lesson

The foot is a complex area with many bones articulating with each other and forming joints. The arch of the foot acts as a major shock absorber, bending and flexing as we walk, run and jump. The foot bends through the base of the toes as we walk and the big toe is the pushing off point as we propel ourselves forward. This is why they are the most common areas for people to have foot osteoarthritis symptoms.

foot osteoarthritis symptoms anatomy of the foot

Osteoarthritis is a wearing of the articular cartilage. This is the cushioning material that covers the end of the bones and it acts as a shock absorber and prevents friction on the bone. It has no nerves in it but bone does, so it is the cartilage wears the bone and the surrounding soft tissue give the foot osteoarthritis symptoms, not the cartilage. In severe cases, bone rubs on bone and this is the time to go down the surgical route.

Foot Osteoarthritis Symptoms

♦  The most common of all the foot osteoarthritis symptoms is pain. You usually get local pain felt in the affected joint. The pain is felt when you are exercising/active and decreases/stops when you rest. The pain may spread down the inside, outside, front or back of the foot, usually as a deep ache. Occasionally this can spread up into the shin and/or calf as well.

♦  One of the first foot osteoarthritis symptoms people usually suffer is feeling stiff in the morning or after periods of inactivity. This will go when you start moving around. How long this lasts depends on how bad your osteoarthritis is.

♦  Your affected joint(s) may have what is called ‘crepitus’ which means they grate and crack.

♦  As your foot osteoarthritis symptoms progress your foot movement will decrease. You will notice this when you walk that your foot will no longer bend properly so you will stamp flat onto that foot rather than putting your heel down and rolling forward onto your toes before lifting your foot up.

If you have any of these foot osteoarthritis symptoms it really is a good idea to get properly checked out to confirm osteoarthritis rather than another type of arthritis. It is important you do this sooner rather than later as the earlier you start managing your osteoarthritis the better your prognosis for long term pain relief. Learn how here.