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Osteoarthritis of the Foot

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It attacks the cartilage and reduces the cushioning between the bones, causing pain, stiffness, and inflammation. The foot has 26 bones, and each of the 30 joints that connect them contain cartilage that can become compromised by osteoarthritis. Most cases of osteoarthritis is the result of an injury, either to a ligament or to a bone. Because osteoarthritis is a chronic condition and cannot be cured, the only remedies are to treat the symptoms, in addition to making a few lifestyle changes. Range of motion and foot stretching exercises are recommended. Losing weight and following a healthy diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and calcium can help reduce both inflammation and pain. A podiatrist can offer more information on treating osteoarthritis in your feet, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroid injections. In severe cases, arthroscopic or joint replacement surgery may be an option. It is a good idea to make an appointment today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.


 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire Podiatry. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Bellaire and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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