Ten Things You Should Know About Arthritis

May is Arthritis Awareness Month, and it’s a great opportunity to make sure you know all you should about this painful condition. Are you aware of these ten facts about arthritis and your feet that Cook Country podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos thinks you should know?

  1. “Arthritis” is a catch-all term that refers to degenerative disease affecting joint health. There are more than 100 conditions commonly diagnosed as “arthritis.”
  2. The most common form of arthritis is called osteoarthritis. It occurs when the cartilage that provides cushioning between the bones wears away over time. The bones then rub directly against each other at the joint.
  3. Anyone can get arthritis. While it most commonly affects older men and women, it can strike at any age. One in four Americans lives with arthritis. Even children are vulnerable to certain forms of arthritis.
  4. Arthritis is characterized by joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited range of motion.
  5. Arthritis can affect any joint.
  6. Each of your feet and ankles is made up of 26 bones. That’s more than one-quarter of all the bones in your body! These bones are arranged into 33 joints and arches. These complex structures are particularly vulnerable to painful arthritis.
  7. Arthritis pain can limit your ability to wear shoes, stand, walk, and exercise comfortably. It can impact your ability to get through everyday tasks independently.
  8. Left untreated, arthritis can deform joints, causing permanent and visible damage to your spine, fingers, toes, and more.
  9. A podiatrist is the best-qualified doctor to diagnose and treat arthritis in your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Your foot doctor is a medical expert with years of specialized training and experience.
  10. Over-the-counter and prescription medication for pain and swelling, physical therapy, and custom orthotics for cushioning and support are some of the non-invasive arthritis treatments your podiatrist has at their disposal.

Don’t let arthritis pain keep you off your feet. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, in our 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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