Celebrate Arthritis Awareness Month with Information

May is Arthritis Awareness Month. How much do you know about arthritis? Here are some facts from Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos:

  1. Many people believe that “arthritis” is a diagnosis that refers to a single condition. In fact, arthritis is a medical term that refers to chronic joint inflammation. There are over 100 conditions that fall under this umbrella.
  2. Common forms of arthritis include Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and even gout, an ailment that occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the bloodstream.
  3. Anyone – men, women, and children – can get arthritis. Women, people who are overweight or obese, and the elderly are most at risk.
  4. There are 26 bones in each of your feet and ankles. These bones make up more than one quarter of all the bones in your body. As a result, all forms of arthritis, but particularly osteoarthritis, which is the result of years of wear and tear on the cartilage that cushions the bones in the joints. When it’s gone, the bones grind against each other, and it hurts!
  5. Common symptoms of arthritis include redness, swelling, reduced range of motion, difficulty wearing shoes, and pain when standing or walking.

Unfortunately, arthritis is a chronic condition that cannot be cured. However, its symptoms can be managed. If you suffer from arthritis in your feet and ankles, a board-certified podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM can provide effective treatment with options including:

Are you worried about the effects of arthritis on your feet, or do you have another concern about the health of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Schedule a visit in our modern, comfortable Chicago office today. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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