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West Des Moines Podiatrist | West Des Moines Osteoarthritis | IA | The Foot Center, PLC |

The Foot Center, PLC

2600 University Avenue #206

West Des Moines, Iowa 50266-1462

Podiatric Medicine & Surgery

(515) 223-6214

Osteoarthritis

 

Osteoarthritis - otherwise known as degenerative joint disease - is the most common type of arthritis. It most commonly occurs in the weight bearing joints of the hips, knees, and spine. However, it can also disturb the fingers, thumb, neck, and large toe.

Osteoarthritis tends to affect women more often than men. Most people that are 60 years or older have osteoarthritis to a varying degree. However, it has been diagnosed in individuals in their 20s and 30s, as well.

Symptoms often develop gradually and include: 

  • Joint aching and soreness.  
  • Pain after overuse or after long periods of inactivity.
  • Bony enlargements in the middle and end joints of the fingers - which may or may not be painful.
  • Joint swelling and fluid accumulation.


An individual’s chances of developing osteoarthritis are based on several factors including:


Heredity
- People born with joint abnormalities are more likely to develop osteoarthritis. Similarly, those born with an abnormality of the spine - such as scoliosis - are more likely to develop osteoarthritis, as well.

Obesity
- Obesity increases the risk for osteoarthritis of the knee and hip.

Injury - Injuries can be linked to the development of osteoarthritis. For instance, athletes who have knee-related injuries may be at higher risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee.

Joint Overuse - Overuse of certain joints increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis. Such as individuals whose jobs require a repetitious bending motion are at increased risk for developing osteoarthritis of the knee.

If you’re suffering with osteoarthritis, please visit your doctor to see what treatment options are available for you.

 
 
 
West Des Moines Podiatrist The Foot Center, PLC is a poidiatry office providing Osteoarthritis, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in West Des Moines, IA. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 50266-1462 area and surrounding areas in West Des Moines