Summary of Chapter 5
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.– Mahatma Gandhi
When many of us hear the term “arthritis” what comes to mind is stooped-over grandmas or little old ladies rubbing their knuckles. But the truth is that arthritis is an inflammation of the cartilage and lining of your joints, so it can and does affect people of all ages. In fact, it affects over 46 million adults in the USA alone.
Normal cartilage acts as a buffer between bones. Its spongy structure is made of substances that make it strong and resilient. Healthy cartilage can withstand tremendous forces and lasts for decades.
Sometimes, however, the chemical composition changes, and the cartilage loses its natural strength. It may become dry, crack, and split, fissuring down to the bone. The cells of the cartilage then wear away, and the bone may be exposed. The joint can now have bone moving against bone. This is not good. This is when you may feel pain. Next, excess fluid gathers in the joint. This is the process that leads to arthritis.
In your feet, arthritis can be associated with bunions and limited range of motion of your big toe. But arthritis can also cause pain in the soles of your feet or swollen ankles, among other manifestations.
In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine discusses the following topics and answers these questions:
- How does arthritis affect your feet?
- Why is arthritis so painful?
- What are the different types of Arthritis?
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Reiter’s syndrome
- Arthritis & Colitis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Joint infections and Arthritis
- Arthritis & Gonorrhea
- What are some of the treatments for osteoarthritis (at home)?
- What are some of the treatments for osteoarthritis (at the doctor’s office)?
- When should I apply ice and when should I apply warmth to arthritic feet?
- Arthritis treatments
- Arthritis Help in a Vitamin Bottle
- Real Patient Recap – Dr. Levine tells the story of how she helped a 39 year old store owner from Los Angeles start exercising, wear her favorite heels again, be on her feet at her store again, and be able to run after her children without wincing in pain.