Stem Cell Research May Aid Osteoarthritic Patients

Stem Cell ResearchDeborah Cole Thomas has contended with osteoarthritis for over 10 years. As a result of her arthritic condition, the 60 year old underwent multiple surgeries and requires pain medication on a regular basis to ease the pain.
The University of Pittsburgh is conducting research to aid patients like Thomas, who are forced to struggle with their arthritic conditions. Cellular and molecular engineering expert Rocky S. Tuan has his team use 3-dimensional printers to make replacement joints out of stem cells and scaffolding material. According to Tuan’s research, the artificial joints are more efficient than metal and plastic joints.

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, call podiatrist Dr. Carl Ingrassia, DPM of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Ingrassia will examine your lower extremities and do everything he can to help alleviate your joint pain.

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.

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