Osteoarthritis of the Feet Affects More People than Previously Thought

Experts at Keele University’s Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre studied more than 5,000 people with painful foot osteoarthritis. According to recent research, a painful form of arthritis in the foot affects one in six people over 50. Osteoarthritis is known for causing inflammation in and around the joints, including pain and mobility issues

The condition is believed to affect more women than men, while those who spend a lot of time doing manual labor are more likely to develop it. Professor Anthony Redmond, spokesman for the charity, said: “The new study tells us that these problems in the midfoot involve some of the same processes that affect arthritic hips and knees: conditions that are taken much more seriously.

Arthritisis a painful condition which can place a burden on your body and the lower extremity. If you are suffering arthritic pain in your feet or ankles, please seek the care of one of our twelve podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our podiatrists will be able to diagnose and manage your arthritic pain.

Arthritic Foot Care

In our lifetimes we walk 75,000 miles, putting a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints in our feet. As we age, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if you add arthritis to that combination, joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care becomes imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

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