University of Pittsburgh Developing Replacement Joints for Arthritic Patients
New replacement joints could be in the works. A team of scientific researchers working at the University of Pittsburgh has been looking at how 3D printers can transform a person's stem cells into a replacement joint. This research would be a boon to arthritic patients who often require joint replacements as a last resort, but the current models are made from metals or plastic and can wear out. Rocky S. Tuan, a cellular engineering expert, and his team hope to help those with osteoarthritis and wounded military members with this new creation that could herald a new future in treatment options.
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 Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can 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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