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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Detecting Arthritis Early | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Detecting Arthritis Early

Have you noticed any of the following symptoms:  achy joints, stiffness, or soreness, especially early in the morning or after long periods of inactivity; swelling around the joints, redness or other changes in your skin, such as rashes or growths on or near joints? If so, you may be in the early stages of arthritis.

Arthritis currently affects nearly 40 million people. Although it is more prevalent in people over the age of 60, it has been known to strike people even in their 20’s and 30’s. Early detection and treatment of arthritis can slow this potentially crippling disease’s progression and greatly reduce symptoms. At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists we want our patients to be educated about medical problems that affect the feet, such as arthritis, so they can make informed decisions about prevention and care.

Two Types of Arthritis

Arthritis takes two forms. The most common is Osteoarthritis, which is also known as degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis. It is the result of a breakdown in cartilage that occurs over time. The other kind of arthritis is Rheumatoid and it is a complex chronic disease that causes inflammation of the lining of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is the more serious of the two types.

Risk Factors for Arthritis

The cause of Rheumatoid arthritis is unknown and Osteoarthritis is the result of aging joints and cartilage. There are, however, certain factors that make some people more prone to arthritis. These include:

  • Genetics—Heredity plays a role in arthritis. Certain joint abnormalities are passed on from one generation to the next and people born with these are more likely to develop arthritis. Also, people born with spine deformities such as scoliosis, are also more likely to end up with arthritis.
  • Injury—Injuries to areas of the body where there are joints: knees, ankles, wrists, have been tied to the eventual development of arthritis in these same areas.
  • Overuse of Joints—People who engage in repetitive activities that affect a particular joint or whose jobs require the same bending motion over and over are more likely to get arthritis in those overused joints.
  • Obesity—Carrying an excess amount of weight means greater load bearing for foot and ankle joints. This means an additional amount of strain on these joints which ups the likelihood of developing arthritis in these areas.


Our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin and Dr. Jessica A. Addeo have extensive experience in treating patients with arthritis in their feet and ankles. If you have questions about this disease or concerns that you are experiencing symptoms of arthritis, contact our Aberdeen office to schedule and exam.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Detecting Arthritis Early, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen