May Is National Arthritis Awareness Month
Every year, the month of May is recognized to motivate Americans to get up and moving while raising funds for arthritis research, support, and advocacy. Arthritis occurs when joints are swollen or tender and can affect people of all different ages. Arthritis is one of the most widespread health conditions in the United States. The first steps in overcoming the challenges with arthritis are understanding the condition and knowing there are many resources to help. Below you will find fast facts about arthritis, signs and symptoms, prevention tips, and helpful resources.
Astonishing Arthritis Facts
- More than 40 million Americans have been diagnosed with Arthritis.
- There are more than 100 forms of this crippling disease.
- It affects an estimated 53 million adults and 300,000 children.
- Experts believe that the number of people diagnosed with Arthritis will grow as our nation’s population gets older.
- Arthritis is common among people with other chronic conditions including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
- The most common types of Arthritis include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
Signs Of Arthritis
Recognizing the symptoms can help you get the correct diagnosis. Arthritis symptoms can include:
- Difficulties with moving and performing daily tasks
- Decreased range of motion
- Get Moving. Walking is a fantastic way for people with Arthritis who live in rural areas to be physically active. For those uncertain about walking, proven programs such as Walk With Ease can help people get started.
- Build Connections. The Arthritis Foundation can help you find and build support for your journey during Arthritis Awareness Month with tips on nationwide events, treatment, and diet.
- Protect Your Joints. Avoid holding one position for too long or holding a position that puts extra stress on joints.
- Manage Your Weight. Maintaining a healthy diet that consists of lots of vegetables, some fruits, and whole grains has been proved to support overall wellbeing.
- Talk With Your Doctor. Advocate for yourself and make sure that you get the care you need.
When To See a Podiatrist
Podiatrists are a part of the care team when joint pain occurs in a patient’s feet or ankles. At Kentlands Foot and Ankle Center, we strive to provide the best care to our patients. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Jon M. Sherman uses advanced technology and can treat a wide range of patients. To schedule an appointment, please call our Montgomery County office at (301) 330-5666 or visit our website for more information.