Osteoarthritis is a common chronic joint condition, affecting millions of people globally. It occurs when the protective cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones wears down, causing the bones within the joint to rub together. This can cause pain, stiffness, and other symptoms.
Osteoarthritis can damage any joint and most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine.
Osteoarthritis is often a gradual-developing disease and can be hard to diagnose until painful symptoms emerge and become apparent.
Osteoarthritis treatment is centered upon managing symptoms. Podiatrists will often recommend lifestyle changes, certain medications, and other home treatments to provide you with relief.