Kendall Park Office
3228 Route 27, Suite 1B
Kendall Park, NJ 08824
Ph: (732) 297-3002
Fax: (732) 297-3004
 
 
Holmdel Office
719 N. Beers St, Suite 2A
Holmdel, NJ 07733
Ph: (732) 739-3230
 
West Orange Office
1500 Pleasant Valley Way, Suite 204
West Orange, NJ 07052
Ph: (973) 731-1266

  

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Arthritis is an inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints. Arthritis is a disabling and occasionally crippling disease afflicting almost 40 million Americans. In some forms, it appears to be hereditary. Although the prevalence of arthritis increases with age, all people from infancy to middle age are potential victims. People over 50 are the primary targets.

If the feet seem more susceptible to arthritis than other parts of the body, it is because each foot has 33 joints that can be afflicted, and there is no way to avoid the pain of the tremendous weight-bearing load on the feet. Arthritic feet can result in loss of mobility and independence. However, early diagnosis and proper medical care can limit or slow the damage.

Symptoms of arthritis in the foot and ankle include:

  • Early morning stiffness.
  • Limitation in motion of joint.
  • Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint.
  • Redness or heat in a joint.
  • Skin changes, including rashes and growths.
  • Swelling in one or more joints.

Forms of Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is frequently called degenerative joint disease or wear and tear arthritis. Aging usually brings on a breakdown in cartilage, and pain gets progressively more severe. Dull, throbbing nighttime pain is characteristic, and may be accompanied by muscle weakness or deterioration.  Many of these symptoms can be relieved with rest. Overweight people are particularly susceptible to osteoarthritis. The additional weight contributes to the deterioration of cartilage and the development of bone spurs.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a major crippling disorder and the most serious form of arthritis. It is a complex, chronic inflammatory group of diseases, often affecting more than a dozen smaller joints during its course. In the foot, it frequently affects both ankles and toes.

Arthritis of the foot and ankle can be treated in many ways, including:

  • Physical therapy and exercise.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication and/or steroid injections into the affected joint. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.
  • Orthotics or specially prescribed shoes.

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Kendall Park Office

3228 Route 27
Kendall Park, NJ 08824
Ph: (732) 297-3002
Fax: (732) 297-3004

Holmdel Office

719 N. Beers St, Suite 2A
Holmdel, NJ 07733
Ph: (732) 739-3230

West Orange

1500 Pleasant Valley Way Suite 204
West Orange, NJ 07052
Ph: (973) 731-1266

Podiatrist Douglas N. DeLorenzo, DPM, -  South Brunswick Office 3228 Route 27 Suite 1B, Kendall Park NJ, 08824 (732) 297-3002

Podiatrist - Holmdel Office 719 N Beers St, Suite 2A, Holmdel NJ 07733 (732) 739-3230

Podiatrist - West Orange Office 1500 Pleasant Valley Way, Suite 204, West Orange, NJ 07052 (973) 731-1266