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The big toe joint is the site most commonly affected by osteoarthritis, but any of the joints in your feet can be affected. Many people notice changes in the arch structure of their feet as they get older, and mild arthritis in the arch area is common. Osteoarthritis is less common in the ankle, but can occur if there has been an earlier injury or as a result of long-standing inflammatory arthritis. 

The term 'inflammatory arthritis' encompasses rheumatoid arthritis (RA), reactive arthritis (Reiter's syndrome), psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. The effect on the feet depends on exactly which type of arthritis you have. Rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, tends to affect many of the foot joints, while reactive arthritis usually affects only the ankle. People with inflammatory arthritis can also have inflammation and discomfort in the tendons and the other 'soft tissue' structures in the feet. The part under the heel where the tendons attach to the heel bone is quite often affected in this way.

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