May is National Arthritis Awareness Month


Arthritis—or joint inflammation—is a common chronic disease and a leading cause of disability worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 54 million Americans have some form of arthritis. In fact, there are over 100 different types. People with arthritis often experience pain, fatigue, numbness, loss of function, and mobility issues, leading to activity or work limitations. If left untreated, these symptoms can progress or worsen over time and cause severe damage to the joints in the body and even disability.

People with arthritis are also at risk of becoming socially isolated. It’s important to take any changes in your feet or other body parts seriously and see a doctor right away. Although a common condition, arthritis is not very well understood.

Who Can Get Arthritis?

Arthritis knows no gender, race, creed, or age, and therefore it can happen to anyone, even children. Some of the most common causes of arthritis include wear and tear of the joints due to aging, injuries, genetics, infection around the joint area, and high levels of uric acid in the body.

Early Diagnosis and Treatment is Key

An accurate diagnosis is the first step towards the successful treatment of arthritis. It’s important to consult a podiatrist at the first signs of any pain, swelling, or stiffness in one or more joints of your feet. Early treatment yields the best results. It can prevent cartilage damage and other serious complications. Treatment may vary depending on the type of arthritis and its cause. Your podiatrist may recommend orthotics, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and even surgery to relieve pain, increase foot function, and bring arthritis into remission.

At Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C., in Yonkers, NY, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. John C. Marzano, has experience treating a wide range of conditions that affect your lower extremities including arthritis. To learn more about arthritis and your feet and other foot conditions, please feel free to contact us at (914) 423-0600 or visit our office at 984 N. Broadway, Suite LL03, Yonkers, NY 10701.


Give Your Feet the Best – Orthotics


Most people tend to think that orthotic inserts and devices are for the elderly. However, people of all ages can use orthotics to treat or manage many different foot conditions such as flat feet, sports injuries, arthritis, heel and arch painankle sprainsfractures, back pain, bunionsneuromas, and more.

Dr. John C. Marzano, at Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C., in Yonkers, NY, strongly recommends the use of orthotic inserts to help your feet in many ways, especially by:

  • Providing the necessary support to your foot arches.
  • Enhancing stability in your movement.
  • Ensuring balance.
  • Fixing your gait.
  • Preventing any bone or joint deformity.
  • Providing cushion to your heels and relieving them from pain.
  • Absorbing shocks from sudden movements, especially while playing sports.

Even children can overcome most foot-related problems using customized orthotic inserts. They are tailor-made to address any prevalent conditions and built to fit various foot shapes and sizes. However, since children’s feet grow fast, the orthotics are also likely to be modified and replaced frequently so that their feet do not suffer.

If you are overweight or have a physically strenuous routine, your feet, especially the heels and the arches, are likely to hurt because of excessive pressure. In such cases, orthotics can provide relief by distributing your body weight more evenly or optimally.

If you feel uneasy while walking or experience difficulty moving due to any foot pain, schedule an appointment with our experts without delay. Timely examination, diagnosis, and treatment can save your feet from long-lasting harm and damage. Feel free to contact us at (914) 423-0600 or visit our podiatry office conveniently located at 984 N. Broadway, Suite LL03, Yonkers, NY 10701, for further information.