Many people develop arthritis as they age. In fact, nearly 40 million Americans are affected by arthritis.
You may be unaware that the foot has 33 joints that can be affected by the disease. Another thing most people don’t know about arthritis is that there are different forms of the disease.
Osteoarthritis, also known as wear and tear arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis and usually affects older people. People who suffer from osteoarthritis have their pain get progressively worse as they age.
Osteoarthritis is directly related to aging so it mainly affects older people, but rheumatoid arthritis, the most serious form of arthritis, can strike at any age. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis in the foot, it usually affects the ankles and toes.
Arthritis can be a debilitating disease, especially when it is in the feet or ankles and inhibits your mobility.
Symptoms of arthritis include:
- Recurring tenderness or pain in any joint
- Heat or redness in a joint
- Changes in the skin, including growths and rashes
- Swelling in one or more joints
- Early morning stiffness
- Limitation in motion of joint
If you believe you suffer from arthritis, it is important that you seek medical attention. If you have an early diagnosis and proper treatment, you can usually limit or at least slow the damage done by arthritis.
If you would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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