Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis that affects millions of people, particularly older adults. At The Foot Clinic, we understand the impact that osteoarthritis can have on your mobility and quality of life, and we offer comprehensive evaluations and effective treatments to help you manage your symptoms.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that results from the breakdown of cartilage, the smooth tissue that covers the ends of bones and helps them glide against each other. As the cartilage wears away, the bones may rub against each other, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling.
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary depending on the affected joint, but may include:
Pain and stiffness, particularly after periods of inactivity or overuse
Swelling and tenderness
Reduced range of motion
A crunching or grinding sensation when moving the affected joint
The development of bone spurs around the affected joint
How is osteoarthritis treated?
At The Foot Clinic, we offer a range of treatments for osteoarthritis, including:
Custom orthotics: We can create custom orthotics that provide cushioning and support for the affected joint.
Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended to help manage pain and inflammation.
Physical therapy: Physical therapy exercises can help improve range of motion and strengthen the muscles around the affected joint.
Injection therapy: In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to reduce inflammation and pain.
Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace a damaged joint.
While osteoarthritis is a natural part of aging and can’t be entirely prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing the condition, including:
Maintaining a healthy weight: Excess weight can put additional stress on your joints and increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis.
Engaging in regular exercise: Regular exercise can help strengthen the muscles around your joints and improve your overall health.
Protecting your joints: Avoiding activities that place excessive stress on your joints, wearing proper protective gear during sports or other high-impact activities, and using proper techniques during exercise can help reduce your risk of joint injuries.