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Arthritic Foot Conditions

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Arthritis is a general term for a group of diseases involving inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints. As the arthritic condition worsens, joint deterioration occurs and the cartilage in the joint is gradually lost allowing the bones that were once separated by this cushion to rub together causing pain and stiffness. There are many types of arthritis and the feet and ankles are particularly susceptible as a result of the ongoing pressure associated with even the most routine day-to-day activities such as walking or standing. People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop an arthritic condition, although, anyone can be afflicted at anytime. Heredity can play a major role, but there are many other ways to develop an arthritic condition. These include injuries, bacterial and viral infections that strike the joints, certain bowel disorders such as colitis and ileitis, drug use (both prescription and illegal), or as part of a congenital autoimmune disease.