Arthritis in the foot joints can occur at the hindfoot (subtalar, talonavicular, calcaneocuboid, Chopart joints) or at the midfoot (tarsometatarsal joint). The arthritis can be primary (develops on its own without an obvious cause) or secondary. Secondary causes are more frequent and can be due to prior trauma/fracture, rheumatoid arthritis, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), gout, inflammatory arthritis to name a few. When arthritis sets in, it results in a painful stiff foot and walking can be difficult, particularly on uneven surfaces or for prolonged periods of time. Different braces and orthotics can be used to alleviate symptoms though when arthritis is advanced it would be useful to discuss your reconstructive options with a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon.