Arthritis is a disabling disease that affects millions of Canadians. It is characterized by inflammation of the body’s joints. Symptoms can include swelling, recurring pain or tenderness, redness or heat, with limitation of motion in one or more joints. Early morning stiffness, and skin changes including rashes and growths may be present as well. Common forms of arthritis include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gouty arthritis. Because each foot contains 33 joints and bears a tremendous amount of weight and pressure, feet may be more susceptible to arthritis than other parts of the body.
Causes of Arthritis
Viral and bacterial infections
Prescription and illegal drugs
What can you do?
Wear supportive shoes on a daily basis.
Begin a program of physical therapy, exercise, or massage.
Use ice packs or hot packs.
Soak feet in lukewarm water.
Wear shock-retarding insoles.
What can a Podiatrist do?
Request appropriate x-rays in co-operation with G.P. (Family Physician)
Prescribe appropriate anti-inflammatory medications.
Recommend custom orthoses and/or shoe changes.
Source: British Columbia Association of Podiatrist – http://www.foothealth.ca/ Retrieved: 2009-06-01