Fifty-four million Americans across the country have arthritis. People with this condition suffer from mild to severe joint stiffness, making the most straightforward task feel insurmountable. The board-certified podiatrists at City Podiatry in New York City offer comprehensive treatments to alleviate the debilitating symptoms of arthritis. If you’d like to learn more about arthritic symptom management, schedule an appointment at the Midtown Manhattan office online or by phone today.

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What is arthritis?

Arthritis refers to the inflammation of one or more joints throughout your body. Generally speaking, arthritis develops with age and causes joint pain and stiffness. The two leading types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis:

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis refers to a chronic autoimmune disorder that occurs when your immune system attacks its own healthy tissue and the lining of your joints. In doing so, your immune system can damage the joints and bones in your knees, feet and ankles, fingers and thumbs, or shoulders.


Osteoarthritis is generally caused by the natural wear and tear of the cartilage at the end of your bones. As it wears away, your bones begin to rub against each other, causing inflammation and pain. In most cases, osteoarthritis is caused by age, though people struggling with obesity are more susceptible to developing arthritis.

The team at City Podiatry also specializes in treating gout, another type of arthritis that develops when too much uric acid crystallizes and inflames the joint.

Who is more likely to develop arthritis?

You’re most likely to develop arthritis if you have a known family history of the condition. Arthritis most commonly develops as you age, since the older you get, the more your joints deteriorate. Joint deterioration can also come about as a result of an injury or being overweight, which adds pressure to your joints.

Your podiatrist at City Podiatry can recommend a series of dietary changes you can make to avoid pronounced symptoms of arthritis, such as staying clear of foods high in refined sugar that can quickly inflame your joints.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

While arthritis affects each person differently, there are symptoms common to both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, such as:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Mobility issues
  • Pain

During your consultation at City Podiatry, your podiatrist evaluates your symptoms to determine which type of arthritis you’re suffering from.

How is arthritis treated?

Since each person lives with arthritis differently, it’s essential that you spend the necessary time developing a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan with your doctor. Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis require unique treatments.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex condition to treat because it’s chronic and degenerative. The team at City Podiatry can recommend:

  • Antirheumatic medication
  • Antibodies and vaccines
  • Steroids
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Chiropractic care

For osteoarthritis, your doctor can recommend anti-inflammatory medication and a healthy nutrition plan to help to relieve some of the pressure on your joints.

Gout can be treated through radical dietary changes, especially those that include a diet high in complex carbs, vitamins, and low-fat products. This lowers your uric acid levels to prevent future outbreaks.

The expert team at City Podiatry can help manage your symptoms and lead and long and healthy life despite arthritis. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today.