What do gout, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis and Lyme disease all have in common? They all are considered forms of arthritis. Most people think of arthritis as painful joints that result from the wearing away of cartilage and that is one of the most common forms of joint disease. But the term arthritis actually refers to over 100 conditions that can affect your joints. In recognition of National Arthritis Awareness Month, we at First Coast Foot & Ankle Clinic want to share some important information about arthritis and how it affects your feet.
It’s estimated that over 50 million adults and about 300,000 children have some form of arthritis. Arthritis affects people of all ages and races. It is the leading cause of disability in America.
Symptoms most types of arthritis have in common include:
- Joint pain
- Limited range of motion in a joint
- Redness or heat in the joint
Arthritis in your feet can be extremely devastating. There are 33 joints in your feet which are susceptible to joint disorders and since your feet have to bear the weight of your entire body, the pain can be extreme. Left untreated, arthritis can cause permanent joint damage, limiting your ability to walk, climb stairs and do other basic tasks.
Early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis can slow the progression of the disease and ease symptoms dramatically. If you experience any of the above symptoms, contact our Duval county office for an appointment by calling: 904-739-9129. Our podiatrists, Dr. Vimal A. Reddy, and Dr. Jeffrey Brimmer will examine your feet and determine if you are suffering from an arthritic condition. Depending on the specific disorder you have the foot doctor will choose the best option for dealing with your condition.
- Anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections for pain and inflammation
- Custom orthotics
- Physical therapy and exercises
In some cases, surgery may be recommended. Don’t delay. Contact us today if you are experiencing joint discomfort.