Patients affected by ankle or midfoot arthritis suffer from pain, stiffness, swelling or commonly all three. The pain is most often experienced when you are walking on uneven surfaces.
The damaged joints may not be able to maintain the normal shape of your foot. Consequently the arch on the inside of your foot may collapse, causing painful flat feet. The pain may be experienced with any movement in the affected joint. The swelling and the pain may be particularly severe when starting to walk after a long period of rest. Therefore, it is not uncommon for patients affected by this condition to experience these symptoms just after getting up in the morning.
Most of the time the pain from foot and ankle arthritis manifests itself gradually over an extended period of time. In less common cases, the pain can appear suddenly.
Although arthritis is often thought of as a condition affecting older people, it can occur in patients of all ages.