Custom Orthotics Provide Arthritis Relief

May is Arthritis Awareness Month. How much do you know about arthritis?

Here are ten facts for you from podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos:
  1. Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease.
  2. With 26 bones and 33 joints each, your feet are particularly vulnerable to arthritis.
  3. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It causes the cartilage in the joints to break down and, eventually disintegrate.
  4. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the joints.
  5. Gout is a common form of arthritis that affects the feet. Gout leads to a buildup of sharp uric acid crystals in the bloodstream. They can settle in the joints, particularly the big toe joint. This is known as a gout attack.
  6. Signs of arthritis include pain and stiffness. It’s important to take note of discomfort when moving or limited range of motion and to report these symptoms to your podiatrist without delay.
  7. The likelihood of developing arthritis increases as you get older.
  8. Women develop arthritis more often than men do.
  9. Family history is a risk factor for arthritis.
  10. Excess pounds stress the joints, and people who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop arthritis than others. You can mitigate this risk by eating a sensible, healthy diet and exercising regularly.

Your podiatrist is a medical specialist who frequently diagnoses and treats arthritis in the feet and ankles. There are many non-invasive approaches available to relieve the discomfort caused by arthritis. Common treatments include over-the-counter and prescription medication for pain and swelling, steroid injections, and physical therapy.

Often the best treatment for arthritis in the feet is orthotics. These specialty inserts offer many people improved cushioning and relief from arthritis pain. Orthotics are custom medical devices prescribed, created, and provided by your podiatrist. They should not be confused with the one-size-fits-all shoe inserts that you might find at your local pharmacy or big box store. Because they are medically necessary, many insurance plans pay for the cost of orthotics. Check with your provider to understand your coverage.

Are you worried about arthritis, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule an appointment with Cook County podiatrist  Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, in our modern, comfortable Ravenswood office today.

 

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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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