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Podiatrists Can Treat Arthritis in the Feet

Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

Arthritis is defined as inflammation that occurs in the joints. When this happens in the feet, it can cause difficulty in walking, and this is often a result of severe pain and discomfort. Osteoarthritis can cause the cartilage in the joints to gradually diminish, and walking and standing can be difficult to maintain. Gout is a type of arthritis that can be caused by genetic factors, or from eating foods that can cause elevated uric acid levels in the blood. The pain that often accompanies gout is found in the joints of the big toe, and additional symptoms may include redness and tenderness. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause deformities in various joints in the body, and patients who have this type of arthritis may feel tired for long periods of time. There are effective methods to treat arthritis in the feet, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you proper treatment techniques.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact the podiatrists from Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hamilton Township, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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