What is Osteoarthritis?

 

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What Is Osteoarthritis?

“Osteoarthritis is considered a “wear and tear” disease because the cartilage in the joint wears down with repeated stress and use over time. As the cartilage deteriorates and gets thinner, the bones lose their protective covering and eventually may rub together, causing pain and inflammation of the joint.”

“Osteoarthritis appears at various joints throughout the body, including the hands, feet, spine, hips, and knees. In the foot, the disease most frequently occurs in the big toe, although it is also often found in the midfoot and ankle.”

Causes:

  • Stress and over use of joints or tendons.
  • Flatfeet or high arches.
  • Fractures.
  • Severe strains.

Symptoms:

  • Pain and stiffness.
  • Swelling of the joint
  • Difficulty walking or bending of the joint.

For more information and further reading visit:

http://www.foothealthfacts.org/footankleinfo/osteoarthritis.htm

You can also call our office at 707-578-1222 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hollander. 

 

Alma, P.M.A.

 

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