Arthritis can be local such as from repetitive use of the joint (osteoarthritis) or systemically from problems such as rheumatoid, psoriatic, gout and seronegative spondyloarthritidies. Whether local or systemic, unfortunately, the joint is breaking down. Arthritis is not always painful but it will typically lead to pain.
Localized arthritis of the foot from “wear and tear” (osteoarthritis) is frequently found in the big toe joint. It is formed not only with bunions but also with hallux rigidus. Bottom line? There are abnormal forces through the joint and the result is breakdown.
Realign the forces through the joint and many times the pain will resolve as well as prevent the need for surgery. We have helped many who were told they needed a joint fusion to relieve the pain- even in extreme painful arthritic cases.
Custom Orthotics have been found to reduce the amount of flare ups in rheumatoid arthritis. Again, minimize pressures and pain will decrease.