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Ask the Doc....'There Are Many Different Types Of Arthritis'

By Dr. Lou Pack | 4/18/2014, 11:32 a.m.
Q: “I was told that age has caused my arthritis. Then why do some of my joints hurt and not ...
And because exercise can make poorly aligned joints worse, “health is something you can go through on your way to fitness.” Yes, although I’m as big a fan of exercise as anyone, exercising in poor alignment can play havoc on the very joints we are trying to protect.

And for those of you who are contemplating a knee or hip joint replacement or have already had one, you should know that one of the most common complications is a leg that is even longer or shorter than it was prior to surgery.

This is why so often joints that are replaced continue to be a problem, or why other joints start hurting. So being structurally evaluated after such surgery is critically important too. And something as simple as a lift in your shoe on the shortened side can often make a world of difference. But this must be done precisely, much like prescription eye glasses because not do so may actually increase symptoms. Unfortunately, the corrections offered by many foot orthotics are not standardized like the corrective lenses in eye glasses. I often have patients come with shopping bags full of “custom” foot orthotics that are frankly quite useless.

A former reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon, past Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Emory, and Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, Dr. Pack practices in Greensboro and Atlanta. He treats athletes at all levels and works with patients who have arthritis and want to remain active.

In the 2004 Olympics he had a silver and gold medalist, and helped the UGA Golf Team (2005 NCCA National Champions). For further information please contact him directly at 770-335-9201, via email at dr.loupack@mindspring.com, or see his website at www.drloupack.com. His new book, The Arthritis Revolution, Latest Research on Staying Active Without Pain Medication or Surgery, is available on LuLu.com or Amazon.com.