Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cartilage that protects and cushions
the joints breaks down over time. Eventually, the bones—formerly separated by
the cartilage—rub against each other, resulting in damage to the tissue and
underlying bone and causing painful joint symptoms.
is common in the joints of the toes. It is most often found in the joint where
the big toe joins the foot. It is also common in the smaller joints of the
April 8, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
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