Do you have stiffness, tenderness or swelling in one or more of your joints? Do you hear a grinding noise when a joint is being used? Have you lost range of motion in any of your joints? You may have osteoarthritis.
I realize that people love flashy, high-fashion shoes but as a podiatrist with Westchester Health, I see firsthand the damage they can cause to feet and ankles. As well as exacerbating toe deformities, calluses, corns, bone spurs and other problems, wearing the wrong or too-high shoes puts tendons, joints and entire muscle groups at risk of serious injury.
At Westchester Health, we see a lot of osteoporosis-related fractures, particularly in our orthopedic group, Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. These fractures are most commonly of the hip, wrist or spine, affecting men and women of all races but white and Asian women, especially over the age of 50, are at highest risk. One of our orthopedic specialists, Michael A. Gott, MD, has written a very informative blog advising both men and women how they can proactively try to prevent, or at least lessen, the onset of osteoporosis.
There are many types of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis which happens as the joints simply wear out over time. The good news is that there are a number of effective treatments—particularly for arthritis of the thumb—that can ease the pain and restore comfortable movement of the joint. Jeffrey M. Jacobson, MD, a Hand, Wrist and Peripheral Nerve Surgery specialist with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, explains these in his recent blog.
Do you have painful, swollen knees? Do they make cracking or popping sounds when you walk? If so, you may have arthritis of the knee. If so, you’re not alone. In fact, the knee joint is the most common joint that develops arthritis. In his recent blog, Rick Weinstein, MD, MBA, an Orthopedic Sports Medicine specialist and general orthopedic surgeon with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Director of Orthopedic Surgery at Westchester Health, shares several treatments for knee arthritis that do not require surgery.