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Which Type of Arthritis Do I Have?

Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

The ankles and feet are responsible for the body’s mobility. Arthritis can affect the joints and range of motion may be limited, as a result of the pain arthritis can cause. There are several kinds of arthritis, and there are a few types that can affect the feet. A degenerative form of arthritis is known as osteoarthritis, or OA, and it tends to happen to people who are middle-aged. A common symptom of the autoimmune disease that is referred to as rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, may lead to incurring a foot deformity, and it is often difficult to walk. An injury may cause post-traumatic arthritis to develop, which causes the cartilage to gradually wear away. Many patients have symptoms of arthritis that can consist of swelling, tenderness, and there may be pain while moving the foot. When the feet are affected by arthritis, patients may lose their sense of balance. If you have foot pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine if arthritis is present, and offer you correct treatment solutions.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Naim G. Shaheed, DPM from Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lithonia/Stonecrest and Emory/Midtown, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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