Ten Things About Arthritis

Ten Things About Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition in which one or more joints become inflamed, stiff, and in severe cases, lack basic motion. Joint pain, swelling near the joints, and stiffness are the most common symptoms of arthritis, which generally tend to increase with age.

This Arthritis Awareness Month is a perfect time to make sure you know some of the most important aspects of this painful illness. Here is a list of arthritis-related facts:

  • Many individuals believe arthritis is a singular illness. There are around 100 different forms of arthritis and rheumatic diseases.
  • Arthritis can strike anyone. It is usually associated with old age, affecting both men and women over the age of 60. However, certain types of arthritis can affect children as well.
  • Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. This condition is characterized by the wear and tear of the cartilage that lubricates the movement of the joints.
  • There are 26 bones and 33 joints in each of your feet and ankles, making them particularly vulnerable to arthritis.
  • Arthritis, if left untreated, can distort joints, resulting in permanent and apparent damage to your toes, fingers, spine, and other joints in the body.
  • The pain and discomfort in your joints could make it difficult for you to wear certain shoes, move around on foot, or exercise. In extreme cases, your ability to conduct routine chores may be hampered because of immobility caused by arthritis.
  • Although antibiotics and some over-the-counter painkillers may be able to provide relief against some forms of arthritis, such as Lyme arthritis, there is no drug or treatment that may cure all types of arthritis.
  • Due to the different varieties of arthritis and treatment choices, it’s critical to get a proper diagnosis and therapy early on before the disease advances and symptoms worsen.
  • An evaluation by a rheumatologist can diagnose specific types of arthritis and be critical to the development of the best treatment method.
  • When it comes to arthritis therapy, there are two things to keep in mind: firstly, the patients’ reaction to arthritis medicines may differ from person to person, and secondly, what is effective for one individual may not be effective for another.

If you are experiencing pain or swelling in your foot joints or are unsure about your foot health, contact your podiatrist right away. Your foot doctor will examine your feet and prescribe the appropriate treatment accordingly.

At Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., our board-certified doctor Dr. John C. Marzano, has vast experience treating foot health issues from arthritis to fungal toenails, sports injuries, and other foot problems. To schedule an appointment with us, contact us at (914) 423-0600 or visit our office located at 984 N. Broadway, Suite LL03, Yonkers, NY 10701.