Joint disease more complicated and varied than most people imagine. But the common thread is inflammation and stiffness of one or more joints.
OSTEOARTHRITIS usually occurs due to wear-and-tear. Joint redness and warmth are usually minimal.
In RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, the immune system attacks the lining of the joint becomes inflamed. The inflamed cells release enzymes that cause joint erosion.
PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS can cause swelling of toes that gives them a “sausage-like” appearance.
GOUT develops when high levels of uric acid in the blood form needle-like crystals in a joint. Sudden, severe pain and swelling are the hallmark of for this type of arthritis.
The diagnosis and treatment of arthritis require a hands-on approach. To confirm a diagnosis, blood tests may be needed.
Physical activities which increase strength and flexibility are important tools to control many forms of arthritis. Often medication is required, based on the type of arthritis and its severity. Footwear modification is also instrumental for many patients.
Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists, Ltd.
9933 Lawler Ave., Suite 315
Skokie, Illinois 60077