Here in Lancaster, SC, we have a group of individuals dedicated to the official state dance of South Carolina – the Shag. The Lancaster Shag Club is committed to the promotion and preservation of the heritage of shag music and dancing. This group meets every fourth Saturday at the Moose Lodge at 8:00 pm and is always looking for new members. If you have joint pain from any of the common types of foot arthritis, we can understand why the thought of dancing the night away with friendly folks might not sound appealing. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to improve your situation.
Many individuals are under the mistaken impression that “arthritis” is a term that refers to a singular condition commonly experienced by elderly citizens, but there are actually four different forms of arthritic conditions that can lead to issues in your feet. These are:
- Osteoarthritis – This is the commonly thought of “wear and tear” version of arthritis. It is a degenerative condition that affects not only older patients, but young ones as well.
- Rheumatoid arthritis – In this form of arthritis, the immune system attacks tissues in the joints. The exact cause is currently unknown, but there is speculation it might have a genetic component.
- Gout – Some are surprised to find out this is the case, but arthritic symptoms can actually be caused by dietary choices. The human body creates a byproduct during the breakdown of certain foods known as uric acid. When too much is produced, or the body does not expel it properly, uric acid can crystallize and cause pain in joints, especially the one at the base of the big toe.
- Post-traumatic arthritis – This particular form is the result of a physically traumatic event, especially one that damages a joint surface in the foot or ankle. It can take years after the initial injury before symptoms are displayed.