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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 10, 2018

Each of your feet has 33 joints, each of which can be afflicted with arthritis. Arthritis is a disease that can greatly impact your feet and your quality of life. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we answer tons of questions about arthritis. Many people consider it to be a disease that only comes on with aging. The truth is, of the 50 million adults who suffer from arthritis, two-thirds are under 65 years old. There are also about 300,000 children in the U.S. with arthritis. We thought we’d take the time to address any other arthritis questions with this blog.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease – it’s not just one single disease. Over 100 kinds of arthritis exist. The two most common types are:

  • Osteoarthritis – this “wear and tear” arthritis occurs as the lubrication and cartilage in your joints wears down.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – this is an autoimmune disease that causes joint pain.

Who is at risk for arthritis?

Arthritic disorders can afflict anyone, regardless of their age, race, or gender. Here are a few factors that put people at a higher risk though:

  • Genes – arthritis can be hereditary.
  • Previous joint injuries – if you’ve hurt a joint in the past, it will more likely develop arthritis as you age.
  • Weight – obesity puts extra strains on your joints, which can accelerate arthritic conditions.

How will I know if I have arthritis and what should I do?

If you have pain, stiffness, swelling, or redness in your joints, or decreased range of motion, you likely have arthritis. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, it’s time to give us a call today. Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas will examine your feet and ankles using x-rays, MRI’s, or other imaging studies and laboratory tests. This will help him determine the type of arthritis you’re suffering from. The earlier you catch arthritis, the better the treatment will be.

If you’re suffering from painful joints, call our office here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists! Dr. Adam Mucinskas keeps up-to-date on all the latest podiatric health issues and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment techniques. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area: (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
February 28, 2018

Arthritis of the foot or ankle is a seriously disrupting condition in terms of pain experienced and the reduced motion that results. This condition causes inflammation of the joints which leads to discomfort and rigidity and eventually makes it hard to walk or take part in routine activities.

There is no outright cure for this condition; however, there are various forms of treatment that can alleviate symptoms and slow down its progression. There are some common forms of this condition, which include Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Post-traumatic arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear form of this condition and generally affects middle-aged individuals. Rheumatoid arthritis is a lingering form that reaches multiple joints and initiates in the foot and ankle. This type of arthritis generally affects the same joints in both feet. Post-traumatic arthritis occurs following trauma and is seen typically after dislocations or fractures. These conditions all cause cartilage of the joints to wear away.

Care for this condition includes:

  • Lowering high-intensity activities that can cause this condition to get worse.
  • Keeping weight down to alleviate pressure placed on the foot’s joints.
  • Physical therapy to keep the joints mobile.
  • Medications such as anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation and alleviate discomfort.
  • Surgery may be required if the pain caused by this condition does not subside with conservative treatments. The type of surgical procedure performed will depend on the type of arthritis that has formed in the joints of the ankles and feet. If necessary, post-surgical pain can be controlled with pain medications.

Due to the long-lasting nature of this condition and the damage it can produce, care for this condition is crucial for maintaining a routine lifestyle. Therefore, please contact us for a consultation. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CT, podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. can provide your feet and ankles with the best possible chance of fighting through arthritic conditions. Please make an appointment today by calling our office at (860) 632-5499 and take a chance to review our Patient Education library for further information.

 

 

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., has many years of experience with treating arthritic foot and ankle conditions at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499 or visit the Patient Education section of our website to find out more about this condition.

Arthritis results in inflammation of joints and the adjacent tissues. The cartilage, which acts to cushion the joints, is lost and results in bones rubbing directly against each other. This rubbing of the bones causes severe pain and leads to a reduction in mobility and function as well as foot or ankle deformities. There are three types of arthritis: Osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis that occurs in the middle aged and gets worse over time), Rheumatoid Arthritis (where the immune system attacks itself, including joints) and Post-Traumatic Arthritis (develops after a severe injury to the foot or ankle and may progress after years after a severe injury). Symptoms of this condition vary by type, but generally include pain, stiffness, swelling and a reduction in mobility.

Proper arthritic foot and ankle care involves either conservative or surgical methods. Anti-inflammatories are useful to reduce swelling. Medications are utilized to relieve pain and orthotics are helpful. Specially made shoes that have a comfortable fit allow for swollen feet to have more space to move. Other non-invasive treatments include padding, braces, physical therapy and weight loss to help reduce pressure on the injured joints. If the arthritic condition in the foot or ankle does not respond to the non-invasive methods previously discussed, surgical options will likely be needed for a fusion of the joints or joint replacement.

Since arthritic conditions in the feet and ankles can progress over time, they gradually get worse and bring severe pain and loss of mobility as the condition evolves. Don't wait until it’s too late to treat your foot or ankle arthritis - please contact our office today so that we can help to diagnose the extent of your arthritis and decide whether conservative or surgical treatments will be necessary to reduce your pain and increase mobility.

 



 








 

 

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