Posts for tag: 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.
In my last post, I discussed the common problem of osteoarthritis. This week, I’m going to talk about another joint disease that is often confused with osteoarthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a joint disease in which your own body attacking the fluid in your joints. Like Osteoarthritis, it most commonly occurs in the hands and feet.
What are the symptoms?
Rheumatoid arthritis causes joint pain in the hands and feet. A common concern is that the pain is worst in the morning; in the feet, this is especially so while getting out of bed.
Who is most likely to get it?
For unknown reasons, Rheumatoid Arthritis is most likely to affect women in their forties.
How is it diagnosed?
Your doctor will likely examine your joints, and may take an x-ray. In addition, he or she may order blood work to confirm the diagnosis.
How is it treated?
Your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug to decrease the inflammation and pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Newer medications such as Humira may be more effective for advanced cases.
If you have pain in any of the joints of your foot, feel free to make an appointment with myself, or any of our doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care at any of our four locations: Huber Heights, Troy, Piqua and Sidney OH, for an examination and your doctor will discuss all your treatment options.
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.