By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 17, 2016
Tags: Arthritis  

Arthritis affects 53 million people in the U.S. including 300,000 children. Actually, arthritis isn’t one disease, it’s a category of disorders and disease that involve the joints. Your feet are particularly susceptible to arthritis since there are 33 joints in each foot. In honor of National Arthritis Awareness Month, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to share some important information about arthritis with our Edison, Monroe and Monmouth Junction patients.

What are the Signs of Arthritis?

Although there are many forms of arthritis, the symptoms generally are joint related. These include:

  • Pain and tenderness in one or more joints
  • Joint swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Stiffness first thing in the morning
  • Heat in a joint
  • Redness, rashes or growths on the skin surrounding an affected joint

Types of Joint Disease

The two type of arthritis that our doctors, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, see most frequently are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Osteoarthritis—this is the most common form of the disease. It results from the gradual deterioration of cartilage and joint lining and occurs more frequently in older people. This is also known as degenerative arthritis or wear and tear arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis—although it affects the joints, rheumatoid arthritis is a complex chronic inflammatory disease which affects other systems in the body as well. It is a very serious form of the disease and will get progressively worse over time.

Seeking Treatment

Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in our country. Getting treatment when the disease is in its earliest stages can greatly slow the progression of joint deterioration and lessen the debilitating effects. Depending on the cause of the arthritis, our foot doctors have several treatment options including medication for pain and inflammation, physical therapy and orthotics, which can relieve pressure on troubled joints.

If you are experiencing any joint related discomfort, don’t put off getting it evaluated. Make an appointment at one of our offices today by calling: 732-662-3050.