Arthritis of the Mid Foot

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint. It can occur in any joint in the body and be the result of normal wear in tear or an inherited inflammatory disease. Arthritis initially begins with pain and swelling in a joint. With prolonged inflammation damage to the cartilage occurs resulting in progression of pain, limitation of motion of the joint and deformity.


Wear and tear or the after effects of an acute injury result in osteoarthritis. Abnormal foot structures such as flat feet or a high arched foot can place excessive pressure on the joints of the mid-foot resulting in damage to the cartilage of the joints.


Pain and swelling in the mid-foot is common in the early stage of arthritis. As the condition progresses stiffness in the joints and boney spurs may develop further limiting the motion of the joint.


A detailed history and physical examination is the first step in the diagnosis of arthritis. For arthritis other than osteoarthritis blood work is often needed to make an accurate diagnosis. X-rays are performed to determine the extent of damage that has occurred to the joint.


The goal of conservative treatment of arthritis of the mid foot is to decrease inflammation and pain about the joints involved. This can be accomplished with the use of anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and in some cases steroid injections. Supporting the joints will limit movement and thereby reduce pain. This can be accomplished with the use of arch supports, orthotics, and ankle braces. When conservative care fails to alleviate the condition surgery may be indicated.

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*If you are experiencing pain in the middle of your foot please, call our office (numbers below) or fill out the contact form for an evaluation by one of our board certified physicians.


I suffered with chronic heel pain for over a year. I finally went to see Dr. Fritz who examined me and performed X-rays on the same visit. He diagnosed me with plantar fasciitis. After a course of physical therapy, a cortisone shot and a pair of custom orthotics I’m able to walk pain free again.

- Jeff C.

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