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Foot FAQ

Question:

I saw both my parents go downhill with pain in their feet from arthritis. Isn't there a way that doctors can tell early if someone is going to have such problems with their feet?

Answer:

Unfortunately, it's not always possible to tell who will develop arthritis in their feet and who will have difficulties with pain and movement.

That being said, there is on-going research to try and identify people at risk early enough to be able to make a difference with treatment and intervention. Some research is focusing on the gait and evaluating if a person's gait starts to change before the symptoms of arthritis become obvious. John Riel, Daniel Tomaszewski, and Gerard Cush. Midfoot arthritis: evaluation and treatment, surgical and nonsurgical. In Current Orthopaedic Practice. May/June 2008. Vol. 19. No. 3. Pp. 249-252.

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