What types of arthritis are there?
Arthritis comes in different forms, all with one thing in common—the pain and inflammation you feel in your joints. There are three main varieties:
Osteoarthritis is degenerative, meaning it’s caused by wear and tear over time. As you age, the cartilage that normally provides a smooth gliding surface for your bones becomes worn and thin, resulting in bones rubbing against each other.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a system-wide disease occurring when your body’s own immune system breaks down the cartilage between your bones. The reason for this is unknown but is believed to be triggered by environmental factors or an infection.
Post-traumatic arthritis sets in after an injury or surgery, particularly one that damages the joint surface. Fractures and dislocations, even if properly treated, often develop this type of arthritis.
If your joints are aching, stiff and causing you pain, call Dr. Peter Tsang of Prairie Path Podiatry. We can diagnose your condition and get you on the right path to managing your disease. Just call (630) 845-3338, visit us online or stop by our office in Geneva, IL.
What foods should I avoid if I have gout?
Gout is a form of arthritis impacted by dietary choices. Knowing which foods to avoid can help decrease the risk of a painful attack. As a general rule of thumb, the trigger foods include meats, seafood, refined carbohydrates, alcohol and beverages sweetened with fructose (fruit sugar).
Instead of focusing on what you shouldn’t eat, it can be rather beneficial to base your diet on the ones that you should. This means that you should consume plenty of vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains and nuts. Drink plenty of water, keep your eating in moderation to maintain a healthy bodyweight and you will decrease the likelihood of experiencing issues.
In addition to helping you understand which foods to avoid with gout, Prairie Path Podiatry can also provide the treatment you need. When you have any foot or ankle condition that causes pain, call (630) 845-3338 and schedule an appointment with our Geneva, IL office. You can also reach us through our online form today.