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Types of Arthritis That Affect Your Feet

Are you looking for a way to curb the effects of arthritis on your feet? This might seem odd, but you may find some welcome relief at the West End Community Market, on the corner of Patterson Ave. and 13th Street SW.

Every Tuesday afternoon from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, West End is open for Roanoke, VA residents and visitors who want to find local, organic fruits and veggies. A diet rich in this kind of locally-grown produce is key to managing one of the types of arthritis that you might experience in your feet.

Yes, you read that correctly – we said “one of the types.” One thing that many people aren’t aware of is that there are different forms of the disease. Most are familiar with osteoarthritis—cartilage becomes worn down and creates pain and discomfort in a joint—but there are other varieties.

Gout is another form, and it is affected by your diet. This complex variation is often experienced in your first metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ), where your big toe meets the foot. Gout is caused by a byproduct from the breakdown of certain foods you might eat (including meats, alcohol, sugars, and processed foods). Going back to the West End market, by incorporating organic fruits and vegetables (and low-fat dairy products, legumes, and nuts) into your diet you not only help support local farmers, but also take steps to manage your gout.

Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is a completely different arthritic condition where your own body attacks tissue—a thin membrane known as synovium—that is intended to assist in joint movement. In this particular ailment, you will likely have fluid that builds up in your joints and causes inflammation and pain.

Whether you need help with managing arthritis pain and discomfort in your feet or ankles, or you would simply like more information on these conditions, give Shenandoah Podiatrya call. You can reach our Roanoke, VA office at (540) 904-1458. If you are so inclined, you can also contact us via our online form and request an appointment today.