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