Delaware Arthritis News

The Ultimate Arthritis-Friendly Shoe Guide

Our feet, with their 52 bones, 66 joints and more than 200 muscles, tendons and ligaments, are high-precision instruments that connect us to the earth, support our skeleton and provide balance and mobility. Yet we often neglect and even abuse them – forcing them into footwear that doesn’t fit, that sacrifices function and comfort for style, or that is simply the wrong shoe choice for our particular feet. Anyone who has worn a fabulous pair of shoes for a special occasion, only to tear them off at the first possible moment, knows how painful a bad shoe decision can be. That's especially true when choosing shoes for arthritic feet. read more

Teen Disabled by Arthritis Gets Hip Replacement at 20

Abdul Moussadda was an active biker, working a summer job as a waiter and getting ready for his first semester of college, when he got hit with the flu. Two weeks later, at the age of 19, a sore throat and other horrible symptoms set in. "My joints in my fingers, and neck and wrists and knees starting literally looking like watermelons or tennis balls," he told "Everything was swollen. I would get high fevers of 104, and every night I was sweating, soaking the bed." Moussadda, who is from Cutler Bay, Fla., lost 15 pounds and doctors ran tests but they showed nothing. "They couldn't figure it out," he said. "One night my fever was so bad I went to the hospital." When he was finally referred to a rheumatologist, Moussadda was diagnosed with an autoimmune form of arthritis – Still's disease, a disorder that is similar to a systemic-onset variation of juvenile arthritis, but it occurs in adults. The disease can go into remission, but may lead to chronic arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. It most commonly affects the knee and wrist, but ankles, shoulders, elbows and finger joints may also be involved. Two and a half years later, Moussadda was so disabled that he couldn't attend school or even leave his house. read more

8 Natural Therapies for Arthritis Pain

Joint pain and stiffness from arthritis can be daily challenge. While conventional treatments work to control inflammation and slow disease progression, there are natural therapies that can play an important role in how you feel. Here are eight ways you can ease pain naturally. read more

Advocacy Summit 2014: Virtual Summit

Hundreds are gathered in Washington, DC to meet with Congress and ask them to take a stand in the fight against arthritis by supporting the three issues arthritis advocates indicated were most important. But to get the attention of Congress, hundreds of voices aren’t enough. We need your help. Send each of the messages below to your legislators and echo our voice. We’ve already drafted a message for you, but be sure to edit it and share your personal arthritis story! It’s time for Congress to #FaceArthritis. Make Arthritis Medications More Affordable: By passing the Patients’ Access to Treatments Act (HR 460). This law puts an end to unfair costsharing practiced by many commercial insurers that keeps biologics financially out of reach. Support Arthritis Research: By keeping arthritis research at priority at the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. Increase the Number of Pediatric Rheumatologists: By reauthorizing the Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program. This program offers student loan forgiveness for new pediatric rheumatologists willing to practice in underserved communities in America. read more

Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity Named 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk Corporate Chair

The Arthritis Foundation today named Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity (AOII) as the national sponsor of the 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. The Foundation celebrates the event’s 30th anniversary this year, marking three decades of raising funds for arthritis research, health education and government advocacy to find a cure for the nation’s leading cause of disability. AOII International President Allison Allgier, who will spearhead the 2014 campaign, will serve as the national chair and spokesperson for the event. Allgier has recruited a national Jingle Bell Run/Walk committee comprised of fellow AOII volunteers committed to the cause. In the coming months, the committee of will set goals to secure new revenue for the Arthritis Foundation and help in achieving the event’s national fundraising goal of $9 million. read more

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