The foot is composed of 26 bones and includes more than 30 joints. Pain in one or more of the joints is not uncommon. Such pain may be accompanied by swelling, stiffness, tenderness, redness, bruising, and/or increased warmth over the affected joint. Such joint pain may be caused by infection, trauma, arthritis, inflammation, gout, bursitis, or structural foot problems. Treatment options include rest, ice, elevation, limitations on walking and weight bearing, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and custom orthotic devices as well as class IV laser therapy.
“Arthritis is a common cause of joint pain in the foot, but it is not limited to that diagnosis.”