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Dr. Christopher J. Gauland
Dr. Jonathan C. O’Quinn
Dr. Kenneth Rosenthal

(252) 830-1000

Greenville, North Carolina

 

Dealing With Osteoarthritis

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Osteoarthritis is a disease that often targets people as they get older. What happens is that the cartilage between the joints wears down, removing the cushion between the bones and causing them to touch. This brings intense pain and can cause damage to the bones. In some cases of osteoarthritis, bumps known as Herberen’s and Bouchard nodes form at the joints, particularly in the fingers and toes. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, which is also a progressive disease, and the cause is unknown. In some cases, it is brought on by other conditions, including nervous system disorders, a buildup of certain minerals in the body, congenital diseases, and bone disorders. Treatment is available for osteoarthritis ranging from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and topical creams that help reduce pain to surgery that replaces the cartilage or the joint itself. If you believe you have osteoarthritis that is affecting your feet and ankles, please see a podiatrist for treatment options.  

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Eastern Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to 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 cases of 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 temporarily alleviate pain.

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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Greenville, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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