Aches and pains of the foot are among the most often ignored physical complaints. When discomfort is a symptom of arthritis, however, refusing to pay attention can have disastrous results. While most types of arthritis cannot be cured, early treatment can bring the condition under control or into remission, limiting pain and irreversible bone and cartilage damage. Symptoms to watch for include joint swelling, pain and tenderness, redness or heat, stiffness (especially upon arising in the morning), rashes and skin growths, and/or impaired movement. Treatment to control inflammation and maximize foot function may include exercise, physical therapy, medication, orthotics (custom shoe inserts)or in severe cases, surgery.

Many are plagued by arthritis and are not aware of it for many years. One of the best things to do to take good care of your feet, is to seek the care of a podiatrist. Podiatrists are well trained in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle arthritis. At Famiy Foot and Ankle Care we will do all we can do for you including taking blood work for arthritic indicators, using Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections and physical therapy modalities.

Dr. Marc Fink

P.S. The foot has 33 individual joints, each of which can be affected by arthritis

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