Arthritis in general terms is a degeneration of the articulating surfaces of the joint, and affects the cartilage and the joint linings. Causes of arthritis range from simple age related ware and tear to trauma and a variety of inflammatory diseases.
If the feet seem more susceptible to arthritis than other components of the body, it is because each foot has 33 joints that can be afflicted and by the tremendous weight-bearing load on the feet.
Arthritis is a incapacitating and infrequently crippling disease; it afflicts virtually 40 million Americans. In some forms, it appears to have hereditary tendencies. While the prevalence of arthritis increases with age, all people from infancy to middle age are potential victims. People over 50 are most prone to arthritis.
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