The dominant symptom of an arthritic foot is pain with a steadily decreasing ability to walk. Other symptoms include stiffness, visual deformity, or all of the above.
The term “arthritic foot” actually encompasses a multitude of foot-related symptoms.
Throughout the course of becoming arthritic, the feet can exhibit a range of conditions that include bunions, hallux valgus, hammer toes, splay, pronation, and corns or calluses.
In addition, a sequence of symptom phases occur that can include plantar fasciitis, pins and needles, and burning or achy feet.
Simply put, an arthritic foot is one outcome of an uncorrected, maladapted neuromuscularly dysfunctional foot.
What causes an arthritic foot?
Early-phase, maladapted foot function is primarily caused by the long-term use of footwear, especially footwear that restricts or interferes with the foot’s natural, optimal dynamic movement.
As the maladapted function becomes more dysfunctional over time, the foot’s soft tissue and bone structures become increasingly incapable of managing the forces imposed on them by day-to-day activities.
This results in an escalation of damaging stresses that cause the cascade of arthritic-related tissue damage, inflammation, stiffness, and degeneration.