The foot contains 26 bones and more than 30 joints. Joints form the connections between bones, and they provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain. Many people experience pain involving one or more of these joints. The pain may be accompanied by swelling, tenderness, stiffness, redness, bruising and increased warmth over the affected joints. Joint pain may be caused by trauma, infection, inflammation, arthritis, bursitis, gout, or structural foot problems. It’s initially treated with rest, elevation and a limitation of walking and weight on the painful foot. The use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and ice, can help to reduce local inflammation and pain. Custom orthotic devices may also be prescribed to support the foot and reduce pain.
The joint pain symptoms can be linked to many different conditions related to the foot and ankle. In one national survey, about one-third of adults reported having joint pain within the past 30 days. Knee pain was the most common complaint, followed by shoulder and hip pain, but joint pain can affect any part of your body, from your ankles to your shoulders. As you get older, painful joints become increasingly more common.
Pain in a joint is usually caused by destruction of the cartilage surface. When a joint is painful the condition is typically associated with arthritis. Osteoarthritis is also termed Degenerative Joint Disease and is the most common types of arthritis. Joint pain can range from mildly irritating to debilitating. It may go away after a few weeks (acute), or last for several weeks or months (chronic). Even short-term pain and swelling in the joints can affect your quality of life. All joint pain symptoms should be evaluated by a podiatrist, whatever the cause of joint pain, the foot and ankle surgeon can best determine the cause of your joint pain and recommend the appropriate treatment.