Osteoarthrosis of the foot: causes, symptoms and treatment methods
Osteoarthrosis of the foot is quite commona disease that is considered to be an age. Indeed, statistics confirm that diseases are more susceptible to women of 40 years of age. In addition, often such a disease is diagnosed in young athletes, as it is primarily associated with the deterioration of the cartilaginous tissue of the joints. So what are the symptoms of osteoarthritis and can I get rid of it?
Osteoarthrosis of the foot: causes of the disease
As already mentioned, osteoarthritis is associated with the gradual thinning of the cartilaginous tissue inside the joint bag. There are many reasons for this disease:
- For example, quite often such a violation is observed in people with inflammatory joint diseases.
- In addition, the causes can be attributed to various infections.
- Osteoarthritis of the foot can often indicate a metabolic disorder.
- Various anomalies in the development and structure of joints can also be considered risk factors.
- To a similar result are often lead and violations of the hormonal background.
- The situation is significantly aggravated in patients with obesity.
- As already mentioned, young people, professionally engaged in sports, are also inclined to the disease.
- The risk group includes employees of those professions that require constant heavy load on the muscles and joints of the foot.
- Statistical studies indicate that deforming osteoarthrosis of the foot is quite common in people with flat feet.
- Wearing narrow and uncomfortable shoes can also lead to the development or complication of the disease.
Osteoarthritis of the foot joints: the main symptoms
Symptoms and their intensity are directly dependent onseverity and stage of the disease. As a rule, first there is pain in the foot, which is especially felt after physical exertion. But as the disease develops, soreness afflicts a person even in the stage of rest and during sleep. And in the morning, many patients complain of a feeling of stiffness in the leg. Gradually, the person's gait changes, as he tries to ease the burden on the sore foot. Affected joints are deformed, the skin in the joint area swells and often acquires a reddish tinge. In some cases, there is an increase in body temperature, weakness, decreased efficiency, constant fatigue. At the last stages, the osteoarthritis of the foot is accompanied by a strong deformation, which is noticeable even with the naked eye. Fortunately, if you start treatment in time, all these sad consequences can be avoided.
Osteoarthritis of foot: treatment
In modern medicine, manymethods of treatment. But first of all the doctor should find out the reason of occurrence of a pathology. Therapy should slow the development of the degenerative process. To this end, anti-inflammatory drugs and chondroprotectors are used. In addition, experts recommend wearing special orthopedic shoes. Useful is regular foot massage, as well as special therapeutic gymnastics. Used and foot baths, manual therapy and some physiotherapy methods.