Arthritis

arthritis-300x252Since the foot contains 33 joints and bears a tremendous amount of weight and pressure, feet may be more susceptible to arthritis than other parts of the body.
– Heredity
– Age
– Viral and bacterial infections
– Excessive weight
– Prescriptions and illegal drug
– Ill-fitting shoes
– Trauma
– Wear supportive shoes on a daily basis
– Begin a program of physical therapy, exercise or massage
– Use ice packs or hot packs
– Soak feet in lukewarm water
– Wear shock-retarding insoles
– Prescribe appropriate anti-inflammatory medications
– Perform appropriate x-rays and joint evaluation
– Recommend custom orthotics
– If the problem persists, surgery may be necessary

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