Posts for category: Osteoarthritis
As you age, the natural wear and tear on your body starts to leave a lasting impression. One way that is does that is in the development of osteoarthritis. The ‘squishy’ cartilage that helps soften the everyday blows to your joints starts to wear down. As this happens, the bones start to rub against one another. This causes swelling, pain and can lead to deformity.
The foot has over 30 joints and 28 bones, not counting all those that connect the foot to the ankle! With all those joints, the foot is a prime area for osteoarthritis to occur. If you are having foot pain, stiffness, difficulty bearing weight when you walk or swelling, you might have osteoarthritis. While this might make you feel that you feel as if you have no solutions, there are many options still available to you.
The first thing you can do is call and schedule an appointment to come in and have your feet and ankles looked at. Osteoarthritis can be diagnosed through a physical exam or MRI, most commonly. Things like orthotics, shoes with arch support, braces and physical therapy are all things that can help ease the pain and keep permanent deformity from happening. These are also all things that can be found here in our offices.
If you or someone you know are suffering from the pain of osteoarthritis, give one of our offices a call today to schedule an appointment. You never know, but it might be the call that helps keep you on your feet longer.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects many older Americans. It is caused by the breakdown of joint cartilage, which acts like a lubricant to allow joints to move fluidly. It commonly affects joints in the feet, hands, knee, and hip; in the foot, it most commonly affects the big toe joint.
It is diagnosed by physical examination by your doctor and by the use of x-rays. Examination is important so your doctor can differentiate osteoarthritis from other types of arthritis, such as gouty arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.