It's a time to spread the message about the prevention, methods, and treatments for arthritis. Because each foot has 33 joints that can be afflicted, feet are very susceptible to arthritis. Arthritis, in general terms, is inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, often accompanied by an increase in fluids in the joints. Arthritis has multiple causes; just as a sore throat may have its origin in a variety of conditions, joint inflammation and arthritis are associated with many different illnesses. Arthritis is a frequent component of complex diseases and may be involved in more than 100 identifiable disorders. Due to all the joints in each foot, these joints can be affected due to the tremendous weight-bearing load on the feet. Arthritis can be a disabling and occasionally... a crippling disease. It afflicts almost 40 million Americans. In some forms, it appears to have hereditary tendencies. While it increases with age, all people from infancy to middle age are potential victims. People over 50 are most prone to arthritis.

Besides heredity, arthritic symptoms can manifest in a number of ways...through injuries, notably in athletes and industrial workers, especially if the injuries have been ignored and unfortunately, injuries of the feet tend to be. Also, through bacterial and viral infections that strike the joints, pneumonia, gonorrhea, staph infections, and Lyme disease all cause joint inflammations. Other causes may be related to bowel disorders such as colitis and ileitis, frequently resulting in arthritic conditions in the joints of the ankles and toes or, using drugs, both prescription drugs and illegal street drugs, can induce arthritis. In addition, Arthritis may be part of a congenital autoimmune disease syndrome of undetermined origin. Recent research has suggested, for instance, that a defective gene may play a role in osteoarthritis.

Listen to today’s program about Arthritis as Dr. Reminga talks about this condition. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problems, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.