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Symptoms and Causes of Osteoarthritis


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2/28/2013
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Osteoarthritis is a condition characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage in one or more joints. Osteoarthritis is considered a “wear and tear” disease because the cartilage wears down with repeated stress over time.

An injury, such as a sprain or fracture, can lead to osteoarthritis, but it can take months or even years for the condition to develop.

People with flat feet or high arches are at an increased risk of developing arthritis as well.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • Swelling near or in the joint.
  • Pain and stiffness in the joint.
  • Difficulty walking or bending the joint.

Some patients suffering from osteoarthritis develop a bone spur at the site of the affected joint. There may be pain with the bone spur from shoe pressure and in some cases blisters or calluses may develop on its surface.

If you believe you are suffering from osteoarthritis, you should see a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Treatments for osteoarthritis may include orthotic devices, oral medications, bracing, immobilization, steroid injections and/or physical therapy.

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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