If most of you don’t already know, arthritis is a general term for a group of more than 100 diseases. Arthritis means “joint inflammation” and involves inflammation and swelling in and around the body’s joints and surrounding soft tissue.
Osteoarthritis or “wear-and-tear” arthritis is the most common type of arthritis. If you’re wondering how this affects the foot and ankle, here are the most common joints affected by osteoarthritis:
- Each foot has 28 bones and more than 30 joints.
- The three joints of the foot that involve the heel bone, the inner mid-boot bone, and the outer mid-boot bone.
- The joint of the big toe and foot bone
- The joint where the ankle and shinbone meet
Some symptoms include tenderness or pain, reduced ability to move, walk or bear weights, stiffness in the joint and swelling in the joint.
Foot and ankle osteoarthritis can be treated in many ways: steroid medications injected into the joints, anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling in the joints, pain relievers, pads or arch supports, canes or braces to support the joints, inserts that support the ankle or foot, physical therapy, custom shoes and weight control.
BE ALERT: both diabetes and peripheral artery disease can cause poor blood flow to the feet, which can cause scrapes, or bruises to become infected more easily. This especially makes foot care extremely important.
Be kind to your feet. Use a mirror to look at the bottoms of your feet; look for cuts, blisters, and ingrown toenails. Remember to put your feet up when you are sitting down; this helps with circulation.
Make sure your feet dry before you put shoes on and always wear shoes when you are outside. If you sit for long periods of time, be sure to stand up and move around every now and then. If you cross your legs, reverse or uncross them often.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING REOCCURING FOOT PROBLEMS, DO NOT HESITATE TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR!
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