Did you know that arthritis is not just one disease but rather a category that covers over 100 different joint disorders? At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that with 33 joints in each of your feet any form of arthritis can prove to be very debilitating. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month and we’d like to do our part by educating patients about other conditions that can be associated with arthritis.
Diabetes—if you have diabetes, your risk of developing arthritis is nearly doubled. This hormonal problem can cause musculoskeletal changes that can create joint pain, stiffness and swelling, which can affect your feet severely. Left untreated, joint damage can occur.
Obesity—carrying excess weight both increases your risk for getting certain kinds of arthritis and makes arthritic conditions worse. Currently, one in five Americans has arthritis, but among patients diagnosed as obese, that number increases to one in three. Since your feet bear the weight and pressure of your entire body, being overweight greatly increases the pain from arthritis in your lower extremities and also can decrease your mobility.
Heart Disease—all types of arthritis involve inflammation. And some types are actually classified as inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout and psoriatic arthritis. Inflammation from any source increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.
Depression—patients with arthritis have higher rates of anxiety and depression. Being in pain, losing the ability to do things you could previously do and worrying about the progression of the disease can all have a negative impact on your mental health.
If you’re experiencing any joint stiffness, pain or discomfort, get it checked out promptly at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will want to examine your feet and get a complete medical history. A total body approach will benefit your feet and help you continue to live the active life you enjoy. Contact us today for an appointment.