May is Arthritis Awareness Month. During this time, we bring attention to one of the biggest health problems people face today. Over 50 million Americans suffer from arthritis, making it a leading health issue.
WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?
Arthritis is the general term for swelling or inflammation in your joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. The causes can be numerous. Underlying diseases are one cause. Infections, too, are known for causing or exasperating the conditions of arthritis. The simple wear and tear of daily living can cause arthritis. These can worsen as we age.
ARTHRITIS IN CHILDREN
Since children have a tough time articulating what is affecting them, arthritis is often under-diagnosed. If not treated, arthritis can eventually lead to permanent disabilities.
SOME THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR
A child may not be able to tell you what’s wrong with them, but there are a few tell-tale signs that a parent can look out for. Some of the most common signs of arthritis in children include:
- Trouble getting dressed.
- Problems with walking
- Difficulty engaging in age-appropriate play.
- Complaining of pain in their joints
Parents need to educate themselves as much as possible on the issue. A qualified podiatrist will be able to offer several solutions to arthritis-related pain in your child’s feet. Surgery can be one option. Orthotics can also help. A foot specialist can design custom-fitted shoe inserts to match the unique shape of your child’s feet. It can bring about relief from arthritis-related pain and lessen any inflammation.
If your child is complying with pain in their feet or ankles, it’s important not to wait. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.