With 33 joints in each foot, your feet are more susceptible to the development of arthritis than any other part of your body. Supporting the entire weight of your body, arthritic feet often cause pain, swelling and a loss of mobility for the sufferer. Affecting almost 40 million Americans, arthritis can disable and cripple people of all ages.
Symptoms of arthritis include:
- Joint stiffness and pain
- Limited motion
- Redness, swelling or heat at joint areas
- Skin rashes and growths.
The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Characterized by dull throbbing pain, notable at night, osteoarthritis may also be accompanied by muscle weakness and deterioration. Brought on by aging, the pain of this type of condition gets increasingly worse over time. Rheumatoid arthritis, though less common, affects the smaller joints of the foot and can cripple its victims. As a chronic group of inflammatory diseases, it is the most serious form of arthritis.
Arthritis treatment of the foot and ankle includes physical therapy and exercise routines, medication and steroids and custom-designed orthotics and footwear.
If your arthritis has prevented you from living free of pain and stiffness, our team at AllCare Foot and Ankle can develop a treatment plan for you. Don’t let arthritis keep you from the freedom of full mobility, there is help for your condition. Call us now.