Athritis

Are you frustrated?  Have you been diagnosed with arthritis and experiencing foot pain?  Do your feet hurt all of the time, and the shoes you’ve worn before are just not cutting it? You probably have a lot of different doctors telling you what to do, or maybe you just don’t really know what to do. 

First off you don’t have to constantly be in pain and have come to the right place.  Dr. Perlstein is a board certified podiatrist in Brooklyn and has been treating people for 25 years.  He has some of the newest and best equipment available anywhere in Brooklyn.  Whether it’s using digital x-rays, or ultrasound, he can help diagnose your problem. 

What is arthritis?

Arthritis occurs when the cartilage and lining of the joints are inflamed, which causes swelling, and fluid in the joints increase.  It’s caused by heredity, injuries, bacterial and viral infections in the joints, among other conditions. There are additional causes for this condition and they can be in conjunction with other illnesses.  According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, arthritis affects almost 40 million Americans.  As you get older it increases your risk of arthritis.  However, people over 50 tend to be diagnosed more with this condition.    

It’s important to care for your feet if you have arthritis because it can affect the structure and function.  Each foot has 33 joints, which can be impacted by the condition.  Because your feet have the responsibility of carrying your weight, it’s hard to avoid painful feet.

Symptoms of foot problems with arthritis include:

  • If you notice swelling, pain or tenderness in the joint
  • The joint has some redness or heat
  • The motion of the joint is limited and you have early morning stiffness
  • Changes in your skin, such as growths

Types of arthritis that affect the feet include:

  • Osteoarthritis – called degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” and is the most common form of arthritis.  It can be caused by injury, but mostly happens gradually as you age. 
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – the most serious form of arthritis and is a complex, chronic inflammatory system of diseases.  Women are more likely to be diagnosed with this than men.  
  • Gout – also known as gouty arthritis and it affects men more than women.   The big toe joint is mostly affected because it receives the most pressure when walking. 
  • Psoriatic Arthritis – not only affects the skin, but joints as well.  It’s a much milder type of arthritis and involves only a few joints.
  • Traumatic Arthritis – caused by blunt, penetrating, or repeated trauma, which forces the motion of a joint or ligament.    

Treatment

If you see Dr. Perlstein, he will evaluate your feet, and work with you to come up with a treatment plan.  Treatment may include physical therapy and exercise, medication, orthotics, or braces. 

You want to keep your feet healthy while living with arthritis.   Symptoms ignored can lead to disabling conditions, which ultimately impact your mobility and independence.  Don’t hesitate to contact our office so Dr. Perlstein can help keep you on your feet.    



Dr. Michael Perlstein’s podiatry office is located at 4414 14th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. He serves patients throughout the greater New York City area, including those residing in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Dr. Perlstein’s office is open Monday through Friday as well as on Sunday.