There are  several types:

- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) -  An inflammatory swelling of joints, specifically hands (fingers/thumb), feet, elbows, wrists, and ankles. There is also stiffness on waking with early afternoon fatigue. .Note that pairs of joints are usually involved e.g., knees, hands or the like.

- Psoriatic arthritis - Arthritis that may be preceded by psoriasis of the skin and nails. In this case, a single joint, e.g., either fingers or toes is involved. The spine and the sacroiliac joint may also present symptoms. Arthritic remission may be  frequent or it may progress to chronic arthritis with severe crippling.

- Osteoarthritis or DJD usually affects the spine (cervical and lumbar), but can also affect changes in the big toe,hips, knees, and intervertebral discs of the spine. There may also be nodes in peripheral joints (fingers).

- DJD is usually non-inflammatory. Pain may be the earliest symptom, worse with exercise.Morning stiffness may be present, but of shorter duration than RA

Treatment by prescription drugs can be toxic to the body with minimal results, and  encourage dependence (control drugs) along with steroids which are taken ongoing (affects adrenal function) or better intermittently.

Naturopathic treatments can be herbal,  or homeopathic,depending upon the individual and the severity of the disease. Supplements and food intake are also  evaluated for consideration. Stress can exacerbate these symptoms as well.