According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans with arthritis is rising at a rate of about 1 million people per year. The CDC reports that in the last three years the amount of adults with the condition has increased from about 50 million to 53 million and that around two thirds of those affected are younger than 65.
Arthritis is commonly found in the feet, particularly in the joints of the inner and outer mid-foot bones, the heel bone, and the big toe bone. Some forms of the disease, like osteoarthritis, develop gradually as people age and the cartilage that prevents their bones from rubbing together deteriorates.
Foot arthritis is a condition that more and more people have to deal with as they age. For help treating arthritic feet, call podiatrists like Dr. Jay G. Levine and Dr. Stephanie Maurais. Our podiatrists will determine the severity of your condition and advise you on how to lessen the pain.
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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Nanuet, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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