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Types of Arthritis

Tuesday, 31 May 2022 00:00

The common symptoms many people experience with arthritis can include stiffness, pain, and swelling, and it can be difficult to move the affected joint. The word arthritis means joint inflammation, and it generally causes severe pain and discomfort. The most common form of this ailment is known as osteoarthritis, and it affects millions of people in the United States. There are specific exercises that can be performed which may help to relieve some of the pain. Rheumatoid arthritis can be disabling, and it is the most common type of autoimmune arthritis. Women are more prone to get this type of arthritis, and research has indicated it may be related to hormonal changes. Gout affects the joints in the big toe, and can cause debilitating pain. Some patients find it is impossible to have anything touch the toe, and relief is often needed immediately. It happens as a result of uric acid crystals that form in the joints of the toe, and can occur from genetic factors or from eating foods that have high levels of purines. If you have arthritis in your feet, it is suggested you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward correct treatment options.

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

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. George, Hurricane, and Cedar City, UT and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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