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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Osteoarthritis  

If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, chances are pretty good that you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, one of the most common types. TheOsteoarthritis CDC predicts that osteoarthritis affects approximately 30 million American adults. Whether you are dealing with osteoarthritis yourself or you know someone who is, here are answers to some of your most popular questions regarding this chronic condition.

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that results from wear and tear of the cartilage in the joints. While this can affect any area of the body, osteoarthritis is more likely to appear in the hips, knees, fingers, lower back and toes. Cartilage covers bones and helps make joint movement easier while also providing support and cushioning for the bones. Of course, if you have osteoarthritis then the cartilage covering your bones may start to deteriorate, which can cause bones to rub together if the deterioration becomes bad enough.

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

Most people with osteoarthritis will start to notice some pain and swelling in the very beginning stages. You may find that certain joints become stiff and sore, or that you don’t have as much range of motion or flexibility as you once had. In more advanced stages, osteoarthritis can cause impaired movement and even disability.

What are the risk factors associated with osteoarthritis?

There are many factors that could increase your chances of developing osteoarthritis, including:

  • Gender: Women are more likely than men to develop osteoarthritis
  • Age: You are more at risk for osteoarthritis as you get older
  • Overuse: You perform the same repetitive movements regularly or you put too much stress on certain joints
  • Overweight: Being overweight or obese puts too much stress and pressure on joints
  • Heredity: If you have a family history of osteoarthritis then you may be more likely to develop it yourself

How is osteoarthritis treated?

There are many lifestyle modifications that can improve your symptoms if you do have osteoarthritis, including:

  • Losing weight
  • Exercising regularly (and incorporate strength training exercises)
  • Pain medications and anti-inflammatories
  • Prescription medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching
  • Assistive devices (e.g. cane)
  • Corticosteroid injections (to target pain and swelling)
  • Surgery (if all other treatment options haven’t provided relief)

If you are concerned about how osteoarthritis is affecting your feet and you aren’t finding relief through more conservative measures, then it’s time to turn to your podiatrist for proper care.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 18, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Ouch! Your aching feet! When your feet hurt, your day is interrupted and you may not be able to complete your daily tasks. Most of the time foot painyour pain might be caused by a combination of conditions. Below are 5 possible reasons why your feet might hurt. Let’s take a closer look.
 

Ill-Fitting Shoes

The number one reason why you might be experiencing foot pain is ill-fitting shoes. As a woman, you might think those platform heels are irresistible, but you should think again. The same goes for unsupportive sandals or clogs that are easy to slip on and off. These shoes may look cute, but they can be doing major damage to your feet—more than you may realize. To better understand the best shoes for your feet, contact your podiatrist for more information. 
 

Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

Are you experiencing a stabbing pain when you put weight on your heel? If so, you might be suffering from heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis. This pain is often worse first thing in the morning or after you have been resting. The cause of your heel pain might include:
  • Obesity
  • Flat feet
  • High-arched feet
  • Overuse
  • Inward roll of your feet when walking
Your podiatrist might recommend replacing your shoes every six months for better support. Other treatment options that might be recommended are:
  • Orthotics
  • Icing your heels
  • Steroid shots
  • Surgery (for severe cases)

Bunions

Bunions can also be a cause of your foot pain that are caused by tight shoes, genetic predisposition or arthritis. Some symptoms include:
  • A bulging bump on the outside of your big or pinky toe
  • Pain at the site of the bunion
  • Trouble moving your big or pinky toe
  • Corns and calluses from overlapping toes
By visiting your podiatrist, a proper treatment plan can be created to minimize your pain.

 

Osteoporosis

While you may not experience any symptoms in the early stages, over time you might feel generalized foot pain. If you suffer from a lot of pain when you place weight on your foot or your foot swells, bruises and is painful to the touch you might have a fracture. 
 
Osteoporosis occurs when existing bone breaks down faster than the body can create new bone, which can result in thin, brittle bones that easily break and cause you immense amounts of pain. 

 

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is sometimes referred to as the “wear and tear” arthritis because the wearing down of the protective cartilage that covers the ends of your bones causes it. Your feet are weight bearing, which causes them to take a beating resulting in slow degradation of cartilage between the two points. In the short run, the pain can come and go, but over time it tends to become more constant.
 
Contact your podiatrist if you are experiencing foot pain. By scheduling an appointment, you can get to the bottom of your foot pain.