Osteoarthritis

What Is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, sometimes referred to as 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.

 In the foot, the disease most frequently occurs in the big toe, although it is also often found in the midfoot and ankle. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, but they most often affect joints in your hands, knees, hips, and spine.

Causes:

  • Stress and overuse 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

While joint pain can be managed, the damage cannot be reversed.  By staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, and receiving certain treatments, you may be able to slow the progression of the disease and help improve pain and joint function.

For an evaluation and pain management plan, call our office at 707-578-1222 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hollander.