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The Aching Arthritis in Your Feet

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foot arthritisTraveling with sore, stiff joints from foot arthritis is never fun, but if you do find yourself waiting for a flight at John Wayne Airport, perhaps sampling the rotating art galleries in the terminals can help you feel better. Travelers from all over get to see the creative talents of our area’s artists and collections, updated regularly. Once your journey is over, though, head across the street from the airport, where the doctors at California Foot and Ankle Institute can help you find the inherent beauty in comfort and relief.

Arthritis, in general, is a condition that causes pain, inflammation, and degradation of a joint. The foot itself contains more than 30 joints, and many different forms of the ailment can afflict these areas. The most common type is the one most people tend to picture first: osteoarthritis. This is when the soft, protective cartilage between the bones in a joint wears away over time. The bones may eventually begin to rub against each other, causing a painful situation.

Posttraumatic is quite similar to osteoarthritis, but comes as an after effect of an injury such as a fracture, sprain, or torn ligament. This kind of damage can make an involved joint more likely to become arthritic in the future, even if all measures were taken to treat the injury properly when it happened. It can take a number of years before any signs start to show, making it tricky to predict.

Another form, rheumatoid arthritis, affects the lining of a joint, known as the synovium. Its exact cause is unknown, but is believed to be genetically related. Those who have had this type for at least a decade are highly likely to develop stiffness and pain in another part of the foot or ankle as well.

There are many more names for different types of conditions that cause misery to your joints—gout and lupus are just two more. The important takeaway from this is that arthritis isn’t just one particular thing that you are forced to endure. We can help you identify the form that is ailing you and target specific treatments that can help you move more comfortably, whatever your destination. Schedule an appointment by calling toll-free (888) 796-6631. You can also contact our offices directly at (760) 951-2000 for Victorville, CA or (949) 833-3406 for Irvine.

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