.Knowing the Different Types of Arthritis
Arthritis is a debilitating condition that affects the joints of our bodies, and there exist different types of arthritis. As arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, “the immune system acts wrongly and begins to attack itself.” Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most common types of arthritis. Furthermore, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints, and osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that attacks the cartilage. Both arthritis conditions require constant treatment, so it’s important to see your doctor regularly.
The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot HealthCare Associates. Our doctors will provide quality care for your feet.
Arthritic Foot Care
Most importantly, arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, including your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.
In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In certain forms, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
- Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
- Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
- Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.
Most of all, it is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.
So, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Michigan. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.