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Understanding the Different Forms of Arthritis

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Arthritic painThe human foot and ankle structures are rather complex and feature a plethora of different joints that work together to keep us mobile and able to stand upright. When healthy, it is easy to take all of those joints for granted, but when arthritis sets in, moving can become difficult and there might be painful symptoms. Some individuals are surprised to learn that arthritis is not “just something that happens to old people,” but rather any of over 100 different types.

Of course, some forms of arthritis are considerably more common than the rest. These are:

  • Osteoarthritis – When people hear the word “arthritis,” this particular condition tends to be the most common association, likely because it is the most common form. This type can be thought of as a “wear and tear” issue that results in stiff, painful joints. This arthritic condition is estimated to affect over 20 million U.S. adults. Movement can be difficult, but one of the best treatment methods is actually exercise.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) – RA is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack its own joint linings. At this time, there is no cure for the disorder, but there are treatment methods available to relieve symptoms and manage the condition.

  • Gout – This form of arthritis is unique in the fact that it is actually caused and affected by the natural process the body uses to break down food. Individuals who have gout are encouraged to either avoid or limit their daily intake of meats, seafood, sweets, refined carbohydrates, and alcohol. Our office can help you prepare a gout-safe diet.

  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis – Many people understand that one of the effects that can be felt at some point following a bone fracture is an early onset of arthritis.

There are obviously many different types of arthritis that you might experience, but we can provide treatment to help relieve painful symptoms from any of them at Richardson Podiatry Associates. For additional information on the various arthritic conditions, or to find the arthritis care you need for your aching feet, simply give our Richardson, TX foot doctor office at (972) 690-5374 or schedule an appointment online today.

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