New data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the amount of people in the U.S. with arthritis is increasing by amount one million per year. They claim they arrived at this statistic after comparing the number of adults with the condition in 2010 (50 million) to the number in 2013 (53 million.)
The CDC estimates that around two-thirds of these individuals may be younger than the retirement age. Arthritis is a disease that causes the joints to become painful and inflamed. It often manifests in the heel, big toe, and mid-foot bones.
Many Americans have to deal with the pain of arthritic feet on a constant basis. If you have arthritis or are concerned about getting it, talk to podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will conduct a thorough examination of your feet and treat whatever conditions you may have.
Caring for the Arthritic Foot
Humans will walk approximately 75,000 miles in the average lifetime. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and the joints become inflamed and distorted if arthritis occurs, making medical foot care and treatment crucial.
It is best to take care of your feet by wearing proper shoes. Certain conditions can develop as a result of poor footwear, such as hammertoe, neuromas, or bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot can be problematic. Buying shoes that contour to your feet with good arch support can help immensely.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
-Specific exercises that stretch the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can help to alleviate pain temporarily.
It is best to visit your doctor for treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.
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