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ankle arthritisDuring a study of over 5000 people with foot osteoarthritis, scientists at Keele University’s Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Center have determined that the painful condition may affect one in six people over 50 years old. Osteoarthritis is most common in those who spend time doing a lot of physical work, and is usually found in women more than men.

Arthritis in the feet can cause pain and difficulty walking. "The new study tells us that these problems in the midfoot involve some of the same processes that affect arthritic hips and knees: conditions that are taken much more seriously” stated Anthony Redmond, spokesperson for Arthritis Research UK.

Foot arthritis is a condition that more and more people have to deal with as they age. For help treating arthritic feet, call a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha 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, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Ankle ArthritisSome researchers at the University of Manchester and King’s College London believe that they can use computer-based modeling to figure out if a patient is likely to get arthritis in areas like their feet and ankles.

Doctors already know that development of rheumatoid arthritis is influenced by both heredity and external factors like smoking. The UK scientists think they can combine all of this knowledge to accurately predict who is at risk. “This is an important first step in trying to develop ways to prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthritis,” said Dr. Ian Scott of King’s College.

Rheumatoid arthritis in the feet and ankles can make everyday activities excruciating. If you’re seeking arthritis treatment, a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry can assess your condition and find you the best solution.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

Treatment

Treatment of RA is usually a lifelong process that includes a variety of treatments and therapy.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact out office in New Albany, IN. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to care for your feet and ankles.

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