Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease caused by the continual thinning of cartilage, and once the damage is caused, it becomes permanent. Osteoarthritis is a debilitating issue that affects about 1 in 5 adults who are 45 years or older. It’s important for patients to treat symptoms of osteoarthritis before the condition progresses. Treatment options involve physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles, surgery to replace joints, and wearing proper footwear to help alleviate pain. It’s important for patients to see their podiatrists as soon as they think something is wrong, so that they can receive proper treatment and delay the progression of symptoms.
Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. For professional help, see Dr. Howard Robins of The Healing Center. Our doctor will ensure that your feet receive the care that they need.
Arthritic Foot Care
Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.
In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobilityMost of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medicationsMassages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.
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