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Osteoarthritis (OA)  also called degenerative joint disease (DJD) is the most common form of arthritis and one of the leading causes of chronic disability in the United States with nearly 27 million people affected.  DJD is caused by mechanical wear and tear that affects the joints, including the cartilage and bone.  Symptoms may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness and swelling.  If your doctor diagnoses you with osteoarthritis there are several lifestyle modifications you can do to help relieve the symptoms.  These actions include exercise, loss of weight (A important factor in weight bearing joints including knee and hip), functional, gait and balance training may also help.  Other alternatives that have been suggested include Glucosamine Hydrochloride.   Studies have shown that patients may benefit from taking the supplements such as Glucosamine.  Discuss with your doctor the benefits and concerns regarding alternative supplements.
In addition to lifestyle modifications your doctor may also recommend custom
orthotics to support and relieve the pain with patients commonly diagnosed with
plantar fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammatory process that affects the
connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. It is often caused by overuse of the
plantar fascia of the foot. There are two main types of orthotics, functional and
accommodative. Your doctor will determine which type of orthotic is best for your
foot condition.