Arthritis is the inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints and can have increased fluid in the joints. There are many types of arthritis has multiple causes. Each has a different cause and potential remedial action.
It is very common, as there are more than 100 identifiable disorders. The feet, with 33 weight-bearing joints, all of which can be afflicted and there is no way to avoid the pain of the tremendous weight-bearing load on the feet.
Arthritis is a disabling and occasionally crippling disease; In some forms, it appears to have hereditary tendencies. While the prevalence of arthritis increases with age, all people from infancy to middle age are potential victims.
People over 50 are most prone to arthritis. Arthritic feet can result in loss of mobility and independence, but early diagnosis and proper medical care can help significantly.
Gout (gouty arthritis):
- Swelling in one or more joints
- Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint
- Redness or heat in a joint
- Limitation in motion of joint
- Early morning stiffness
- Skin changes, including rashes and growths
With over 100 different causes, there is no one solution. We can help with your pain management as well as creating and working with you on a system of proper foot care. We can help with Early diagnosis is important to effective treatment of any form.
Destruction of cartilage is not reversible, and if the inflammation of arthritic disease isn’t treated, both cartilage and bone can be damaged, which makes the joints increasingly difficult to move. Only 5% of arthritis, can cripple you, but if left, and not managed, it can be worse. Even bunions can be manifestations of arthritis. Arthritis may be treated in many ways. Information is very important.
We can help with shoe inserts called orthotics, or with braces or specially prescribed shoes. We do not want your joints to get damaged, so you need surgery. We want to work with you to correct any faulty mechanics that lead to the joint not moving properly.
The earlier you come to us, the more we can do. We want to help and work with you to get the best out of your feet, and we know that with the best help, you will get more from your body.