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Osteoarthritis and the Feet

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that commonly affects older adults, particularly in the feet and ankles. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joints breaks down, leading to pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. This condition is caused by the natural aging process, repetitive stress on the joints, or previous injuries. Individuals who are overweight, have a family history of arthritis or have jobs that place continuous stress on their feet are at greater risk. Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination, imaging tests like X-rays, and sometimes blood tests to rule out other conditions. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms and may include lifestyle changes, exercises, medications, or in severe cases, surgery. Maintaining a healthy weight, wearing supportive footwear, and engaging in low-impact exercises can help manage the condition. For specialized care and management, visiting a podiatrist is suggested.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to 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 mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Millburn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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