Painful Foot Joints
Alternate Names : Metatarsalgia
Joints can become painful for a number of reasons. The reasons can range from an injury to a specific joint to an overall condition, such as arthritis, that affects many joints in the body.
What is going on in the body?
Painful foot joints are usually caused by physical stress to the foot. The stress can result from poor bone structure, ill-fitting shoes, being overweight, and overdoing certain activities.
Occasionally, arthritis can cause painful foot joints. Some of the more common conditions caused by arthritis that involve the joints of the feet include:
gout, a metabolic disease caused by deposits of uric acid in the joints
rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the joints and surrounding tissues
systemic lupus erythematosus, a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the skin, joints, and internal organs
psoriasis, a skin condition characterized by frequent episodes of redness, itching, and thick, dry scales on the skin
venereal disease, or sexually transmitted disease
Reiter's syndrome, a group of symptoms consisting of:
arthritis, which is inflammation of the joints
urethritis, which is inflammation of the urethra
conjunctivitis, which is inflammation of the lining of the eye
lesions of the skin and mucous membranes
What are the causes and risks of the disease?
Ignoring the symptoms can lead to the symptoms getting worse. It can also lead to permanent damage to the joints.