Can You Prevent Arthritis?

The short answer is yes and no. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers we want to take this opportunity to share some information about a disease that can have serious consequences for the health of your feet and ankles.

Facts First

It’s important to know that the term “arthritis” doesn’t refer to just one condition. There are over 100 disorders that cause joint pain and disease that fall under the umbrella term arthritis. Each of our feet has 33 joints that can be affected by joint pain. The joints in your feet and ankles are particularly at risk because they carry the weight of your entire body. It’s estimated that approximately 54 million adults and 300,000 children have arthritis. In fact, it’s the number one cause of disability in our country.

Risk Factors

Given the devastating effects of arthritis on your feet (and the rest of your body), it’s important to do everything you can to prevent joint disease.

Factors You Can’t Change—there are some risk factors that you cannot alter. These include:

  • Age—degenerative types of arthritis, such as Osteoarthritis, are more common in people age 50 and over.
  • Heredity or genetics—the predisposition for developing certain types of arthritis can be passed down.
  • Sex and ethnicity.

Factors You Can Change—the good news, however, is that there are several lifestyle choices you can make that will help lower your risk of arthritic conditions.

Weight—being overweight increases the strain on your joints and your chances for developing joint disease.

Exercise—regular exercise keeps joints flexible and has been shown to reduce the risk of arthritis.

Safety—arthritis frequently sets into joints that have sustained a previous injury. Wear the proper shoes and observe safe practices for sports, driving and household maintenance tasks.

Being Vigilant—arthritis is best treated in its earliest stages. Too often, older people don’t speak to their doctors about joint pain and stiffness because they believe it is “normal” for their stage of life. Younger patients may not even think that arthritis is a possible diagnosis for them. At the first signs of joint pain, stiffness, swelling or a decreased range of motion, contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office. Our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Adam Thompson will evaluate your symptoms and prescribe the appropriate treatment to ensure that you can continue to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle for years to come.

Dealing with Fungal Toenails

At the first hint of warmer weather, you may be inclined to pull out your favorite sandals or open-toed shoes. But, when you go to put them on, you notice that one of your nails is a brownish gray color and the nail looks thick and a little crumbly at the edges.

5 Ways To Help Bunions

Did you know that it is estimated that about 33 percent of the population of the Western world will develop a bunion at one time in their lives? At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we find that many patients are not familiar with the causes and treatments of this common condition.

What are Chilblains and How You Can Prevent Them

Keeping your feet healthy and protected can be tough when cooler weather comes. A Chilblain is an unsightly and uncomfortable skin issue that effects toes. Let’s take a look at chilblains, what causes them, and what you can do stop yourself...

What Are Flexible Flat Feet?

Being flexible is usually considered to be a good thing, but when it comes to your feet having flexible arches, it is not a desirable characteristic since flat feet can lead to a wide variety of other problems over time.

How Your Feet Change Over Time

It’s important to pay attention to your feet as you get older because eventually all those years of walking, running and standing on them catch up to you. Not only do natural changes to foot structure and function occur, but also the signs of all that wear and tear become more obvious with each passing year.

Foot Care Myths

Growing up, we’ve all been told stories to keep us out of trouble. Whether or not they were true is another story. As children, we may have been told not to cross our eyes because they’ll get stuck, or, that cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis.

Wearing Heels the Healthy Way

While wearing high heels may look great, they won’t feel great after a while. Ever wonder why after even an hour your feet start to cramp and feel sore, you may walk slower, or a little more awkwardly?

Hydrating Your Feet Year Round

No matter the season, no matter your age, it’s always important to keep your feet hydrated. Exposure to the sun without proper protection can both burn and dry out skin. Likewise, in cooler seasons, feet spend more time stuffed in socks and boots than not. Without proper hydration, this can leave them feeling itchy, dry, and looking cracked.

Hot Feet in Cold Weather?

Do your feet feel like they are on fire? And the rest of your body is cool or, in this weather, even cold? While it may seem like a glitch in your body’s system, there are reasons why you may have burning feet.

Corn and Callus Prevention

Feet can be tough to treat right with how much pressure people put on their feet every day.  People often neglect the proper cleaning, care, and maintenance of their feet which can lead to problems. Individuals can prevent most issues with...

Do Your Feet Smell?

Have you ever been over a friend’s house when that time comes to take off your shoes and you cringe? You know you’re in trouble even though you may have just taken a fresh shower and put on a clean and cute pair of socks.

Blisters Can Be a Bummer

They are fluid-filled bubbles that result from poorly-fitted shoes, excessive moisture or chemical exposure. Other causes are frostbite, sunburn, allergic reactions and fungal infections.

Exercising your Feet

In order to improve your overall foot health, it is wise to exercise your feet every day. Walking is wonderful for your feet since the motion extends your foot from the time your heel hits the ground until you lift off with your toes.

Walking on Flat Feet

If you suspect that you have flat feet, chances are you are progressively developing a deformity that could affect the way you walk, exercise and more. Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers treats flat feet often, a foot deformity that leaves the sole of your feet resting flat on the ground.
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