Arthritis is an acute or chronic inflammation of one or more joints. This is often present along with pain and stiffness caused by infection, trauma, degenerative changes, autoimmune disease or other causes.

Types of Arthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease.
  • Osteoarthritis is a process that causes wear and tear on the joints.


Some types of arthritis can be diagnosed with a blood test and other types are diagnosed primarily by patient history and physical examination.

Arthritis and Heel Pain

Certain types of arthritis may create a hypersensitivity of the whole heel, such as Reiter’s disease or ankylosing spondylitis. Psoriasis which is commonly thought of as a skin disease may also co-exist with arthritis and cause heel pain.  Through a complete evaluation, your podiatrist can distinguish between heel pain that is mechanical in origin and that which is caused by arthritis. If arthritis is suspected a consultation with a rheumatologist (arthritis specialist) may be indicated.

If you have painful joints in your feet, you could have arthritis. The Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City will work with your rheumatologist to find the best solution for your feet.  To make an appointment, call us at 206-368-7000.