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Pooler, GA   31322

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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
May 04, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis   Gout   orthotics  

Did you know that 1 in 5 adults are affected by arthritis? Arthritis is the top cause of disability in our country and every year it’s the reason for 172 million missed work days. With 33 joints in each of your feet and ankles, arthritis is clearly a podiatric concern. In honor of National Arthritis Awareness Month we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC want to make sure our patients recognize the symptoms of this debilitating disease.

Types and Symptoms

Arthritis is a broad term that describes over 100 inflammatory joint conditions. The two most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid. Osteoarthritis is the most familiar type of arthritis. It is caused by the gradual breakdown of cartilage that occurs as we age. Rheumatoid arthritis is the more serious of the two. It is a complex group of disorders that affects the entire body.

General symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Ongoing or recurrent pain or tenderness in a joint
  • Joint stiffness, especially in the morning
  • Redness or a feeling of heat in the joint
  • Swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Skin rashes or growths around the affected joint(s)

Diagnosis and Treatment

Of course, inflammation and pain in the joints can point to other foot disorders too. That’s why it’s important if you have any of these symptoms that you schedule an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. The foot doctor will do a complete examination of your foot and ankle and test your range of motion. X-rays may also be ordered to get a more complete picture.

There are several treatment options for arthritis, including physical therapy, medication, orthotic devices and even dietary changes (if you are overweight or suffer from the arthritic condition of gout). The sooner you seek treatment the sooner the podiatrist can diagnose your condition and put you on the road to relief. Contact our Pooler office for an appointment today by calling: (912) 330–8885.

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