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How to Reduce Pain and Spot Warning Signs of Arthritis in Your Feet

Tuesday, 08 June 2021 00:00

Arthritis is a degenerative condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints which can worsen over time. Osteoarthritis is a result of damage to cartilage which leads to bone on bone grinding, whereas rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic condition where the immune system malfunctions and attacks healthy joint tissue. To try and help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis, eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants which can help reduce inflammation and keep your weight down (which can help avoid putting additional pressure on joints). Low-impact exercise can help to not only maintain a healthy weight, but also keeps joints flexible and strengthens the muscles that support them. Alternate between cold treatments (i.e., applying ice) to reduce joint swelling, and hot treatments (i.e., leisurely warm showers, moist heating pads) to ease stiffness in joints. Acupuncture, meditation, massage, and relaxation techniques may also help you deal with pain more easily. Don’t ignore possible signs of arthritis in your feet including hammertoes, stiffness, pain, or a callus on the inside of the big toe, swollen toes, heel pain, and shoes that suddenly become uncomfortable. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full examination and evaluation

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Ira Silverman from New Jersey. 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 our office located in Willingboro, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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