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FOOT ARTHRITIS TREATMENT in Nanuet, Jamaica, and Bronx, NY


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Foot Arthritis Overview

Arthritis can strike any joint of your body, including your feet. For residents in and around Nanuet, Jamaica, and the Bronx, New York, Jason Cohen, DPM, Sandeep Garcha, DPM, and the team at Cohen & Garcha Podiatry, LLP, can ease arthritis pain, helping you to again enjoy your daily routine. Schedule your one-on-one exam today using the easy online booking tool or calling the Cohen & Garcha Podiatry LLP office.

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Arthritis FAQs

What is arthritis?

Arthritis describes joint inflammation. It isn’t a single condition but more than 100 diseases, many of which can develop in the feet and ankles.

When you consider the role your feet and ankles play in your daily life, it comes as no surprise that arthritis is common. Each of your feet has more than 30 joints, which is why humans enjoy such a wide range of motion.

Osteoarthritis is the most common arthritis in feet and ankles. Also called degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage in a joint wears down over time.

Rheumatoid arthritis is also common in the feet and ankles. RA, as it’s often called, is an autoimmune disease in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your joints.

What are some symptoms of foot and ankle arthritis?

Joint pain is the most common arthritis symptom, but not everyone experiences the same kind or level of discomfort.

The more common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint swelling
  • Pain during movement
  • Pain that increases with vigorous activity
  • Tenderness when pressure or weight is put on the joint
  • Pain that gets worse when waking up or after sitting or resting
  • Warmth or redness in the area

Some people experience mild symptoms in the early stages of arthritis. Others find it difficult to move without significant pain.

How is foot and ankle arthritis treated without surgery?

Over-the-counter and prescription medications can often relieve the pain of arthritis. However, finding lasting relief without using medicine is a top priority because long-term reliance on drugs comes with a risk of side effects.

Lifestyle changes will go a long way toward reducing arthritis pain and improving your joint health. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important, as is changing your activities to avoid unnecessary strain on your feet and ankles.

Physical therapy can help by strengthening the muscles that stabilize and support your feet and ankles. This highly customized approach is shaped around your specific needs and abilities.

Some people benefit from using assistive devices to improve their mobility. Braces can provide additional foot and ankle support and reduce the pressure on inflamed joints. Orthotics are worn inside your shoes, changing the pressure and distribution of your weight on your feet and ankles.

Don’t let arthritis in your feet or ankles change your daily routine or reduce your activity level. Treatment can help. You begin the healing process today by calling Cohen & Garcha Podiatry, LLP, or booking a visit using the online scheduling page.

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