Painful signs: there are several main symptoms
While it’s more likely in those who are overweight, smoke, eat a poor diet, have injured a joint or have a family history of the disease, arthritis can affect anyone.
Soreness can be felt in any joint in the body, but according to the NHS rheumatoid arthritis normally begins in the hands and feet, and osteoarthritis in the knees, hips and hands.
You may start to notice that you can’t move particular joints as well – for instance, if arthritis is in your hands you may struggle to bend them to form a fist.
The NHS explains that this stiffness can be particularly apparent when you wake up in the morning, or after other periods of inactivity, and will disappear within 30 minutes with osteoarthritis, but may take longer to wear off if rheumatoid arthritis.