Joint Health: The Key to a Quality Life

Joint health focuses on the health and function of connections between foot bones, looking at arthritis, dislocations, and other joint problems. Treatment for specific joint conditions varies, depending on the specific diagnosis, and may include medication, physical therapy, joint injections, surgery, and lifestyle modifications.

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Joint conditions encompass a broad spectrum of disorders that affect the joints, which are the connections between bones that enable movement. Some common joint conditions include:

Osteoarthritis (OA): This is the most common form of arthritis and occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones wears down with time. It commonly affects weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips, and spine, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): RA is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of the joints (synovium), leading to inflammation, joint pain, swelling, and eventually joint damage. It can affect multiple joints symmetrically and may also cause systemic symptoms such as fatigue and fever.

Gout: Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, most commonly in the big toe. It typically presents with sudden and severe pain, redness, swelling, and warmth in the affected joint.

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA): Formerly known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, JIA is a group of chronic arthritis conditions that affect children under the age of 16. Symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion, which can vary in severity and may persist into adulthood.

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS): AS is a type of inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the spine, causing pain and stiffness, particularly in the lower back and sacroiliac joints. Over time, it can lead to fusion of the vertebrae, resulting in decreased mobility and posture changes.

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What joint conditions are common?

Some of the most commonly-seen joint diseases include osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. These diseases include conditions affecting the joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and the surrounding muscles. They may lead to pain, swelling, and reduced range of motion.

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