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Between the bone joints in your body is cartilage, which acts as a cushion and provides smoother movement between the bones. In osteoarthritis or OA, this cushioning cartilage breaks down. And without cushioning, your joints are painful.
OA can affect any joint, but it most commonly happens in your hands, knees, hips and feet (specifically, the joint of your big toe). It’s the “most common chronic condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans.”*
Minor osteoarthritis symptoms can come and go and include pain, stiffness and swelling, and decreased range of motion. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can change over time. If you experience pain, see your doctor for a diagnosis and follow his/her instructions.
If you think you have osteoarthritis pain, it’s important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms. He or she can diagnose you and provide an osteoarthritis management and treatment plan that's tailored to your situation. If your doctor concludes that you do have OA, know that it’s a long-term condition, and while it currently has no cure, you can manage it in many ways. Some steps that may help provide you with osteoarthritis pain relief include:
And if you have lower body osteoarthritis pain, wearing insoles, inserts or orthotics can help relieve the pain
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†SOURCE: "What is Osteoarthritis?" Arthritis.org. Arthritis Foundation National Office, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2017.