FAQ - Arthritis
Can I prevent arthritis in my feet?
Whether your condition is caused by the wearing down of cartilage over the years (osteoarthritis) or because you have an immune system problem (rheumatoid arthritis), there are a few general health tips you can follow to help prevent arthritis or lessens its effects.
The first is to keep moving. Exercise increases your circulation and builds stronger bones and joints. Warm up first, then stretch before and after exercise to keep your joints and muscles loose and supple. Second, watch what you eat. Get enough vitamin C, E, and calcium to build bone strength. Thirdly, to keep the cartilage that cushions your bones healthy, make sure you get enough fluids – eight cups a day is recommended.
When you first notice joint stiffness, swelling, redness, or pain in your feet, let the specialists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates take a look. Call our Rego Park office at (718) 896-4433, and let us put over 100 years of foot care know how to work for you.
Can the progress of rheumatoid arthritis be slowed?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive autoimmune disease, so it will get worse with time. Treating the problem aggressively, however, can help control it and slow its progression. Diagnosing the condition early and immediately beginning treatment can help reduce flare-ups and limit the damage in your joints. Generally, treatment involves either anti-inflammatory medications or disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, or a combination of these. These medicines reduce inflammation and swelling, or work to suppress your faulty immune system so it doesn’t continue to damage your joints.
Other treatment methods, like exercise, physical therapy, massages, help alleviate your painful symptoms, maintain joint function, and generally improve your quality of life with the disease. The more intentional you are with all your rheumatoid arthritis care, the more likely you will slow the progression of the problem. Don’t put off your arthritis care. Let Aadvanced Foot Care Associates help you control the disease so it doesn’t control your life. Use our web request forms or call one of our New York offices to get more arthritis information or a consultation today. For our Rego Park office, call (718) 896-4433; for our Plainview office, call (516) 822-9595; and for our Flushing location, call (718) 969-2266.
Is rheumatoid arthritis hereditary?
Developing rheumatoid arthritis involves a variety of factors that include your genes, and the disease does seem to run in families. Multiple gene markers increase your odds for it, and these are inheritable. So, having a close relative like a parent, sibling, or grandparent with the disease does increase your risk for developing it. However, it’s not necessarily something you inherit directly. Some people with the gene markers for the disease never get it. Having a close relative with this arthritis doesn’t guarantee you’ll have joint damage.
The genes you inherit aren’t the only factors that influence whether you’ll develop rheumatoid arthritis. Environmental factors appear to play a role as well. Smoking and obesity both seem to be connected to the condition. However, other factors like chemicals or minerals, and even your body’s response to stress and trauma, might play a role in the disease.
If you’re concerned about your joint health, let our experts at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates take care of your feet. Use our website or call our New York offices for a consultation: for Rego Park, call (718) 896-4433; for Plainview, call (516) 822-9595; and for Flushing, call (718) 969-2266.