What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a disabling disease that affects nearly 40 million Americans. It is characterized by inflammation of the cartilage and the lining of the body’s joints. Symptoms include swelling in one or more joints, recurring pain or tenderness in any joint, redness or heat in a joint, limitation in motion of a joint, early morning stiffness, and skin changes including rashes and growths. The three types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gouty arthritis. Because each foot contains 33 joints and bears a tremendous amount of weight and pressure, feet may be more susceptible to arthritis than other parts of the body.

Causes of arthritis:

  • Heredity.
  • Age.
  • Viral and bacterial infections.
  • Excessive weight.
  • Prescription and illegal drugs.
  • Systemic disease.
  • Ill-fitting shoes.
  • Trauma.

What can you do?

  • Wear supportive shoes on a daily basis.
  • Begin a program of physical therapy, exercise, or massage.
  • Use ice packs or hot packs.
  • Soak feet in lukewarm water.
  • Wear shock retarding insoles.

What will Dr. Allen do for you?

  • Prescribe appropriate anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Perform appropriate x-rays and joint evaluation.
  • Recommend custom orthotics.
  • If the problem persists, surgery may be necessary.