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Definition

Arthritis is not one disease, but over 100 known diseases that affect the bones, muscles and joints. The term does not designate a specific disease, but means inflammation of a joint resulting from any cause. It is one of the most ancient diseases known to man. Whether inherited, or from trauma, old age or injury, the disease can be degenerative, inflammatory, disfiguring and painful. “Arthur” comes in many forms: Rheumatoid, Osteoarthritis, and Gout are just a few.

Symptoms

Rheumatoid is one of the most common forms of arthritis, yet the causes are unknown. It attacks females three tines more frequently than males. The synovial fluid which encapsulates the joint becomes inflamed causing scar tissue. Pain, swelling and deformity ensure (particularly obvious in the hands and feet), which creates limited movement and mobility.


Osteoarthritis is called the “wear and tear” arthritis. It is a progressive degenerative disease. Women are affected more than men, and most women experience difficulties after menopause. The degenerative process involves a steady thinning of their joint cartilage. The degenerative process goes unnoticed until the bones begin to rub together. Extreme stiffness and pain result.


Footwear

Because there are more bones and joints in the foot than any other part of the body, shoes play an important and therapeutic part in maintaining an active life and comfort level for the arthritic person.

The arthritic foot is hyper-sensitive. Painful swollen joints and disfigured toes need extra room and soft leathers. Disintegrated fatty pads need extra cushioning and shock absorption. Often orthotics are prescribed by a physician to position the foot to create less stress and alleviate pain.

Be sure to consult your physician with your questions and concerns about arthritis. Your physician, your shoe store and Drew Footwear are a great combination for comfort and fit



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