Arthritis means inflammation or swelling of one or more joints. It describes more than 100 conditions that affect the joints, tissues around the joint, and other connective tissues. Specific symptoms vary depending on the type of arthritis, but usually include joint pain and stiffness.
There’s more than just one kind of arthritis that causes pain in your feet and toes.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that affects the hyaline cartilage that allows your joints to move freely. Osteoarthritis in your feet will cause considerable discomfort and swelling when walking or standing for extended periods.
Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by deformities it causes in joints, including your feet. Rheumatoid arthritis can lead to severe, sometimes crippling forefoot problems, including bunions, hammer toes and claw toes.
Gout is a form of arthritis more commonly suffered by men than women. Uric acid crystals accumulate in and around the joints of your first toe, creating a bony protrusion.