Types of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is frequently called degenerative joint disease or wear and tear arthritis. Normal aging usually brings on a breakdown in cartilage, and pain gets progressively more severe. Dull, throbbing nighttime pain is characteristic, and may be accompanied by muscle weakness or deterioration. Many of these symptoms can be relieved with rest and by addressing the inflammation. Overweight people are particularly susceptible to osteoarthritis. The additional weight contributes to the deterioration of cartilage and the development of bone spurs.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a major crippling disorder and the most serious form of arthritis. It is a complex, chronic auto-immune and inflammatory group of diseases, often affecting more than a dozen smaller joints during its course. In the foot, it frequently affects both ankles and toes.
Gouty Arthritis is caused by an increase in uric acid that settles in crystal form inside joints (most commonly the big toe joints!) It is a chronic condition that has acute ‘flare ups’ where the joint becomes red, hot, and swollen.