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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 27, 2017
Category: Arthritis

Arthritic Foot & Ankle care is of utmost importance for those individuals affected by it. The pain it causes in your feet and ankles gets worse as you age. If it is not treated, the nagging pain can grow into something so excruciating that you can no longer take a normal walk for a short amount of time. Arthritis is a condition that destroys the mechanisms of a joint and is a wear and tear of the cartilage that results in inflammation of the joint. Severe arthritis can stop your mobility from behaving normally. However, with the right treatment, arthritis can be slowed down so that it doesn’t hurt you early in life. Half of people past the age of 60 can have a form of arthritis of the foot. Severe traumas that lead to broken feet or a torn ligament can cause the joint to develop arthritis in the future. Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help treat this condition at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Contact us today to make an appointment. 

 

The best treatment of foot and ankle arthritis assaults the pain and joint abnormality. Since pain occurs when a joint is injured, it can lead to swelling caused by arthritis or from the loss of cartilage. If not treated right away, your foot or ankle could become deformed. Treatment for arthritis of the foot may include medications to reduce inflammation, steroidal injections, physical therapy, weight loss or even orthotics. However, if surgery is necessary, it may include a cleaning of the joint afflicted with arthritis, removing the sore motion of the joint or a replacement of the joint with an artificial joint. Recovery after surgery will necessitate a period where your foot might have to be put in a cast or use a special type of shoe to ensure that the arthritis does not return and cause pain in the recovering joint.  

 

More than one in six adults over the age of 50 in the United Kingdom are affected by painful foot osteoarthritis, a number that is higher than previously believed. The new research from Keele University shows that the disease, which affects 3.5 million UK adults, has a significant impact on daily tasks.

The research was led by Keele University's Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre and included 5,000 participants. More than one million visits every year are made to doctors because of osteoarthritis, a disease with symptoms of inflammation of the joints, damage to cartilage, and swelling of the bone. Difficulty moving, pain, and stiffness are effects of these symptoms.

The research team found that painful foot arthritis affects more women than men, and is more common in those who have spent their careers performing manual work. Previous studies focused on x-ray findings, and this was the first to investigate how foot arthritis affects the daily lives of sufferers. Three-quarters of people with the condition reported having trouble with everyday activities like walking, standing, housework, and shopping.

This new study included new methods of detecting osteoarthritis in the midfoot, which had previously been difficult to diagnose.

Dr. Edward Roddy, clinical senior lecturer in rheumatology at Keele University, said, "Foot osteoarthritis is a more common and disabling problem than we previously thought, making everyday tasks difficult and painful for people affected.

"While it's been known for decades that joints in the foot can be affected by osteoarthritis, much of the previous research has focused on the hip and knee areas, and research on the foot has concentrated almost entirely on the bunion joint at the base of the big toe. However, by looking at the whole foot and the impact on people's lives, it's clear the problem is more widespread than we anticipated.

"This is an area that needs much more research to understand the reasons why people develop osteoarthritis in their feet, and what we can do to help improve pain and suffering from this common condition. Doctors and other healthcare professionals should also be aware of osteoarthritis as a common cause of foot pain in this age group."

Professor Anthony Redman, spokesman for Arthritis Research UK and Professor of Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Leeds said, "We know that foot problems become much more common as we get older but the medical and healthcare community have been guilty in the past of dismissing this as just an inevitable part of aging.

"We have long known about some forms of osteoarthritis in the feet such as bunions, which are a common type of osteoarthritic damage affecting the big toe joints and are taken much more seriously, with both on-surgical and surgical treatments widely employed. The study tells us that if we want to keep our over 50's active and healthy we should be similarly serious about arch or midfoot pain. While osteoarthritis does not yet have a miracle cure, the associated pain and disability are not inevitable and people with foot pain should be given genuine treatment options- something can always be done."

Reference: Medical Xpress

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Myth: All arthritis is the same.

Fact: Rheumatoid arthritis is very different from osteoarthritis, the most common form of the disease. Most people will develop some form of arthritis in their lifetime because of the wear and tear associated with daily life, but only 1% of adult Americans will develop rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis affects your joints, while RA affects your heart, lungs, joints, eyes, and blood vessels.

Myth: RA is for the elderly.

Fact: RA starts in middle age, with the average age to be diagnosed in the early fifties. One-third of people are diagnosed with RA after 60, but people in their teens, twenties, and even children can develop RA. Women are three times more likely to be diagnosed than men, and they are between the ages of 30 and 60.

Myth: RA runs in families.

Fact: The genes for RA are passed down in families, but that doesn't mean you are going to get the condition. It appears that having the genes and events in your life trigger the genes to become active. Some scientists believe that certain viruses cause RA, but there is no definitive research to back up this claim.

Myth: You caused RA.

Fact: There is nothing you did to cause RA and nothing you could have done to stop it. RA is an autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to attack your joints. 

Myth: If you look fine, you mustn't be in any pain. 

Fact: The fatigue from RA can be worse than the pain from RA. The fatigue isn't just being tired- it's your whole body feeling sore and exhausted. 

Myth: Exercising is a bad idea.

Fact: A way of relieving the symptoms of RA is to exercise regularly, which will ease pain and stiffness, improve motion and flexibility, and boost your energy level. When your joints are actively swollen, you should rest, but when they are not, exercise freely. 

Myth: You can't avoid disability. 

Fact: Doctors now know that treating RA early and aggressively is the best way to prevent disability. There are also new medications called biologic agents which change the way your immune system functions. 

Myth: There's not much you can do about RA.

Fact: Learn as much as you can about RA and work with your doctors and their treatment plans. Eat a heart-healthy diet, don't smoke, exercise, and stay at a healthy weight. Having RA can be stressful, so have ways to deal with the anger, confusion, and emotional pain of this disease.

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which certain cells of the immune system malfunction and attack healthy joints.

RA causes inflammation in the lining of joints, most often the joints of the hands and feet. The signs of inflammation can include pain, swelling, redness, and a feeling of warmth around affected joints. In some patients, chronic inflammation results in damage to the cartilage and bones in the joints. Serious damage can lead to permanent joint destruction, deformity, and disability.

When joints become inflamed due to RA, the lining thickens and produces an excess of joint fluid. This overabundance of fluid, along with inflammatory chemicals released by the immune system, causes swelling and damage to the joint's cartilage and bones.

Foot problems caused by RA commonly occur in the forefoot (the ball of the foot, near the toes), although RA can also affect other areas of the foot and ankle. The most common signs and symptoms of RA-related foot problems, in addition to the abnormal appearance of deformities, are pain, swelling, joint stiffness, and difficulty walking.

Deformities and conditions associated with RA may include:

  • Rheumatoid nodules (lumps), which cause pain when they rub against shoes or, if they appear on the bottom of the foot, pain when walking
  • Dislocated toe joints
  • Hammertoes
  • Bunions
  • Heel pain
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Flatfoot
  • Ankle pain

RA is diagnosed on the basis of a clinical examination as well as blood tests.

To further evaluate the patient's foot and ankle problems, the surgeon may order x-rays and/or other imaging tests.

While treatment of RA focuses on the medication prescribed by a patient's primary doctor or rheumatologist, the foot and ankle surgeon will develop a treatment plan aimed at relieving the pain of RA-related foot problems. The plan may include one or more of the following options:

  • Orthotic devices. The surgeon often fits the patient with custom orthotic devices to provide cushioning for rheumatoid nodules, minimize pain when walking, and give needed support to improve the foot's mechanics.
  • Accommodative shoes. These are used to relieve pressure and pain and assist with walking.
  • Aspiration of fluid. When inflammation flares up in a joint, the surgeon may aspirate (draw out) fluid to reduce the swelling and pain.
  • Steroid injection. Injections of anti-inflammatory medication may be applied directly to an inflamed joint or to a rheumatoid nodule

When RA produces pain and deformity in the foot that is not relieved through other treatments, surgery may be required. The foot and ankle surgeon will select the procedure best suited to the patient's condition and lifestyle.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis in the feet and do not currently see a podiatrist, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.

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