National health figures indicate that “roughly one in four women have been given diagnoses of arthritis, compared with about one in five men.” Many different factors come into play of why arthritis happens, including age, weight, and previous trauma injuries. However, the exact cause of why arthritis affects women more than men is unknown. There are many types of arthritic disorders, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Because arthritis is an autoimmune disease, that may be one potential cause to women being more prone to the disease since they have “more robust immune systems” compared to men, which could lead to the immune systems attacking the bodies’ healthy cells.
Arthritic Foot Care
Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.
In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
- Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
- Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
- Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.
It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Easton, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.