It's a time to spread the message about the prevention, methods, and treatments for arthritis. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. Because each foot has 33 joints that can be afflicted, it makes sense that the 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, the foot joints can be affected due to the tremendous weight-bearing load on them. 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 with people over 50 being the most prone to arthritis.

Dr Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center talks about the causes, symptoms, and types of arthritis in today’s program. He goes into detail about osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as Gout or Gouty Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Traumatic Arthritis. Dr. Reminga says, “It is true that arthritic feet can result in loss of mobility and independence, but early diagnosis and proper medical care can make a huge difference.” Listen to today’s program in observance of Arthritis Awareness Month.

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.