There are many types of arthritis that can affect the foot and ankle. Most common is degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) which typically develops from wear and tear. In fact, the great toe joint is on the top of the list for joints in the body to degenerate. Rheumatoid arthritis, though a systemic disease, often presents first in the feet with pain and swelling at the base of the fifth toe. There are a number of treatment options we can offer from molded braces, to injections, to physical therapy, to surgical reconstruction. If you feel you may be suffering from an arthritic condition in your foot or ankle please contact us for an evaluation.