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Arthritis Treatment for Feet

Arthritis in feet is painful, disabling and in some cases crippling affliction that affects over 40 million Americans. It is characterized by inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining that makes up the joints, and occasionally by increased fluid in the joints. The feet are particularly susceptible to arthritis due to the fact that there are 33 joints in each foot and it is almost impossible to avoid the pain of the tremendous weight-bearing load that the feet encounter day in and day out. Arthritis in feet can result in a loss of movement and independence, but these instances can be avoided with early diagnosis and proper medical care by a podiatry professional, such as Dr. Titko at our Cincinnati podiatrist offices.

What Causes Arthritis?

Some forms of arthritis in feet appear to be hereditary, though the ailment can also be caused by injuries that have been ignored over time, bacterial and viral infections, a component of bowel disorders, use of drugs or as part of a congenital autoimmune disease syndrome.


If you experience swelling, recurring pain, loss of motion, redness or heat in one or more of your joints, you may be afflicted with arthritis in your feet. You may also have the disorder if you have limited motion in one or more joints, early morning stiffness and if you experience skin changes, such as redness or growths. At the first sign of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with our Cincinatti podiatrist immediately to look at your arthritis in feet.

Types of Arthritis


The most common form of arthritis in feet is called degenerative joint disease or wear and tear arthritis. It can be brought on by a sudden injury, but its onset is usually gradual. As a person ages, their cartilage breaks down and the pain can become progressively worse. Patients who experience this form of arthritis in feet usually experience a dull, throbbing nighttime pain that may be accompanied by muscle weakness and deterioration. In some cases, the person’s walk may be erratic. It is particularly troublesome in overweight people. With so many joints in the foot, the extra weight can contribute to a rapid deterioration of cartilage and the development of bone spurs.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA):

Considered a crippling disorder, RA is the most serious form of arthritis. It is a complex disorder that affects more than a dozen smaller joints over the course of the disease. It typically occurs in a symmetrical pattern, such as in both ankles or in both hands. It is typically accompanied by morning stiffness, fatigue and weight loss, and may even affect the body’s internal systems, such as the heart, lungs and nervous system. Considered to have a more acute onset than osteoarthritis, RA is characterized by long periods of remission followed by exacerbation. The latter is usually marked by a severe return of inflammation, stiffness, pain and loss of motion. In rare cases, arthritis in feet remains active for months or years and then abates permanently. Women are three to four times more susceptible to RA than men.

Gout (gouty arthritis):

This extremely painful condition is caused by a buildup of dietary salts in the joints. It usually affects the big toe, possibly because we use it so heavily when walking, and is typically more painful than any other form of arthritis in the feet. Men are more likely to be affected than women, and this indicates that heredity may play a vital role in the disease. We usually associate gout with a diet heavy in things like red meat, red wine and shellfish, but protein compounds in lentils and beans are also thought to play a role.

A Proper Diagnosis is Necessary

If you are experiencing pain, stiffness, excessive warmth or injuries, visit The Center for Foot Care in the Cincinnati area at your earliest convenience. Arthritis may be treated in several ways, but only a qualified, professional Cincinnati podiatrist should diagnose and treat such a complex disease. For more information about arthritis or to make an appointment, call us today.

on 24, Jul 2017
I have a job that requires me to wear heels and stand on my feet all day. After years of doing this I have developed a neuroma that has become very painful. I saw Dr. Titko and she gave me options on how to go about correcting this problem. After several visits I’m happy to report I am painfree and able to walk comfortably in my work shoes once again. Thank you Dr. Titko !
on 24, Jul 2017
I first met Dr. Kristin Titko at a diabetes focus group at UC. Her presentation on various options to treat diabetes complications of the legs and feet sounded hopeful, as I had visited another foot care specialist who advised me he could do nothing to help me. In speaking with Dr. Kris after the meeting concerning my issues, she told me to come see her. Thankfully I made an appointment and will remain ever grateful to her for her professional care. Dr. Titko is friendly and caring, and listened to the problems I was experiencing (toe fungus and planter’s fibromas on both feet.) I was treated with laser therapy which completely healed my toe fungus and referred to a specific physical therapist who completely cleared up the fibromas in both feet. Additionally, she took biopsies which confirmed that my legs and feet were free of neuropathy (which is music to the ears of a Type 1 diabetic.) I continue to see her periodically for checkups. All things being said, Dr. Titko’s professional expertise allowed me take my life back by bringing me to a level of physical activity that I hadn’t experienced in several years. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone who is looking for a foot care specialist, especially diabetics. She treats you like family and you can place your trust in her.
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been seeing Dr. Titko for a few years now, and she help me fix my cracked, dry feet and make them beautiful again. I thank you and my man thanks you too! You’re great!
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been to 4 orthopedic surgeons very highly recommended however they didn’t help me since July [4 months]! I broke my ankle. I am so thrilled to have found Dr Kristin Titko, she has been the ONLY doctor that I feel can help me! I have faith in her.
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Titko’s since about 2006 and I have referred multiple friends to her. I’ve seen her for several different conditions, some chronic and some acute, and I always appreciate the approach she takes, which is to get me back to my normal activities as soon as possible.
on 24, Jul 2017
Six weeks out from my 2nd Ironman and planters facilities shows up. Nothing short of a miracle, Dr. Titko attacked this problem and on race day there was no pain and no excuses (with my foot), a PR for my 140.6 course at Ironman Louisville.
on 24, Jul 2017
I would like to thank Dr. Titko for getting me back on the tennis courts after a 5 month layoff. I know I should have sought treatment earlier, but being a Man I was stubborn! Don’t be like me, if you hurt go see her you will not regret it!
John W
on 24, Jul 2017
Dr Titko is by far one of the most professional doctors I’ve ever met. She treats you like family and ensures any problems you have are taken care of as quickly as possible. I was working a job where I had to stand on concrete all day in boots. She made custom Orthotics for my boots that did wonders for my feet and helped relieve the pain. Thank you for everything Dr Titko.-Scott Dr. Titko is fantastic! I had an ingrown toenail that had been bothering me off and on, and affected my running. She removed it and now my toe feels so much better. I would highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone needing a great podiatrist.
on 24, Jul 2017
I met you at the West Chester Jingle Mingle in December. In our conversation I mentioned that my son Landen Myers was having some problems with his feet and after meeting with 2 specialists already, the problem was getting worse, not better. After one meeting with you and six weeks later, your recommended home treatment has him pain free and nearly back to 100%. He plays baseball for Ohio State and his first game is two weeks. THANK YOU for getting him healthy in time for the season!
on 24, Jul 2017
After experiencing foot pain for way too long, I set up an appointment with Dr. Titko. Dr. Titko immediately identified what was causing the pain. She took care of an issue I was having to ease the pain, took x-rays and will have a treatment plan by my next visit. I truly appreciate her approach and respect for my time. Dr. Titko was professional and focused but, also very personable with a great sense of humor which made for a pleasant experience despite why I was there! Her staff was friendly and efficient getting me back right on time and out quickly. I highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone experiencing similar issues.

Having Foot or Ankle Problems?

Dr. Titko has more than 20 years of medical and surgical experience treating foot and ankle conditions. Feel free to contact us at: (513) 273-5119 and speak to our trained staff. Contact us today!