What are symptoms of osteoarthritis of the foot?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Because no single test or biomarker can detect osteoarthritis, doctors must look for these signs:

  • joint stiffness, particularly when rising in the morning or after sitting for an extended period
  • joint swelling, inflammation or tenderness
  • joint sounds or feeling of crunching, which could suggest that the joint cartilage has worn down to the point of "bone on bone"

See a doctor if you have any of these signs.

Dr. Christopher P. Chiodo, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Arthritis is a disease that affects joints—and each foot has 33 of them! So it should come as no surprise that your feet are especially susceptible. Osteoarthritis is characterized by pain and stiffness early in the morning, which diminishes as you move about but gradually returns later in the day. As you try to compensate for the pain, your gait may become abnormal, and you may even limp. Rest may help alleviate the symptoms.

Dr. Suhail Kumar, MD

With osteoarthritis, patients may experience joint pain and possible swelling. There may be an associated morning stiffness of up to 30 minutes. Symptoms generally worsen with increased activity and use of the joints. Over time, they may notice bony enlargement around the joints leading to decreased mobility of the joint.

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