Midfoot Arthritis

Midfoot Arthritis

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Learn more about Midfoot Arthritis


Midfoot arthritis is where there is a reduction in one or many of joint spaces within the midfoot.  The midfoot includes the tarsometatarsal and naviculocuneiform joints. It contributes to the normal arch of the foot and helps with walking. If arthritis is present, there will be damage or degenerative changes to the joint cartilage which can become thin and eventually allow bone-on-bone contact. This can cause pain, swelling and stiffness of the affected joint. Therefore it is most noticeable when walking or running.

Causes of Midfoot Arthritis

  • Trauma – If any joint has sustained trauma this may include a fracture extending into the joint, surgery or also significant trauma this may result in the development of arthritis
  • Biomechanical abnormalities – Certain foot postures may exaggerate the force that is applied to the joints of the midfoot, resulting in arthritis
  • Weight– Increased weight increases the force going through the joints of the midfoot

Symptoms of Midfoot Arthritis

May depend on the specific underlying cause.

  • Usually involve pain especially with activity and push off, and particularly first thing in the morning, progressive stiffness and difficulty walking on uneven ground.
  • Swelling
  • May notice fallen arch and also difficulty with shoe wear

Treatment of Midfoot Arthritis

Pain from arthritis is exaggerated with movement. Therefore the aim is to minimise movement this can be achieved with

  • Orthotics
  • Footwear modifications – stiffening the shoe and using rocker soled shoes
  • Heel raises
  • Analgesia
  • Surgery (fusion)
Are you suffering from this condition? One of our chiropodist/podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatment options are best to get you back on track.
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at 44 (0) 207 101 4000. 📞


We hope you have a feetastic day! 👣☀️

-The Chelsea Clinic and Team



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Paola Ash at the Chelsea Clinic

At The Chelsea clinic we have a very specific skill set with regards the foot and ankle. Pleased to offer a bespoke service which is tailored to the individual. With over 20 years experience in the Fitness and Healthcare industry we are registered and qualified with the Health Care Professions Council, the College of Podiatry and the General Osteopathic Council.