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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
June 29, 2020
Category: arthritis

Did you know that nearly 300,000 children and teens in the U.S. suffer from some form of arthritis? At Feet First Foot Care Specialists we want to bring this to the attention of our Middlesex County patients and share some information about this disease. Juvenile arthritis (JA) is an umbrella term that refers to inflammatory and rheumatic diseases. Unlike arthritis in adults, which is most commonly caused by wear and tear on the joints, juvenile arthritis is most often an autoimmune or autoinflammatory condition. What exactly causes JA is still unknown at this point. Research seems to indicate certain genes that are activated by a virus, bacteria, or other external factors may be responsible.

What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms most traditionally associated with arthritis—joint pain and stiffness—are also a sign of JA. If your child experiences any joint discomfort, or you notice redness or feelings of heat surrounding a joint in the foot or ankle, it’s important that you make an appointment with our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 as soon as possible.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will conduct a complete physical examination of your child’s feet and ankles and also get a medical history. He may also ask if your child has had any other symptoms that can be associated with JA, including:

  • Skin changes and rashes
  • Eye discomfort—redness, dryness, sensitivity to light and vision changes
  • Digestive problems
  • Feeling tired or rundown
  • Loss of appetite
  • High fever
  • Shortness of breath

The foot doctor may refer you to a rheumatologist if he suspects a possibility of JA. Fortunately, with early diagnosis and aggressive treatment, it is possible to achieve remission. JA treatment plans may include a combination of medication, physical activity, healthy eating, and complementary therapies.

To learn more, go to https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/juvenile-arthritis.

If you have additional questions about podiatric symptoms your child is experiencing, contact us today. 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 02, 2019
Category: arthritis

During the month of October, we recognize World Arthritis Day. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want patients to realize that arthritis isn’t inevitable and there are steps you can take to reduce symptoms.

There are several misconceptions patients have about arthritis. The first is that arthritis is a single disease. It is actually an umbrella term that includes more than 100 disorders that affect the joints. Another misconception is that arthritis is a natural part of getting older that just has to be accepted. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Although osteoarthritis, the most common type, occurs as joints and cartilage wear down, your lifestyle choices can play a key role in determining whether you develop arthritis and its severity. Some ways to reduce your risk and your symptoms include:

  • Eating a healthy diet. Being overweight dramatically increases your risk of developing arthritis, especially in your feet and ankles. There are 33 joints in your feet, and they carry the weight of your entire body. Excess weight means excess strain and pressure on those joints. You can also help your bones and joints by ensuring you get enough calcium and vitamin D and avoiding fried foods and those high in sugar as these are known to cause joint inflammation.
  • Stay active. Regular exercise, particularly weight-bearing activities like walking, increase joint strength and help you maintain flexibility and full range of motion. You’ll also burn calories which will help keep your weight in check.
  • Be safe. Arthritis often sets in at the site of an old injury. Don’t take unnecessary chances. Practice ladder safety, drive carefully and take precautions to avoid sports injuries to reduce your chances of developing arthritis as you age.

Take Early Action

Recognize the symptoms of arthritis:

  • Joint stiffness, particularly first thing in the morning
  • Pain or tenderness in a joint
  • Limited range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Skin changes such as redness, warmth, rashes or growths

If experience any of these, don’t delay. Make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your feet and ankles and determine the source of your joint discomfort. Treatment in the early stages of many types of arthritis can significantly slow its progression and increase your mobility.



 








 

 

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