Keeping your joints healthy and in good shape is so essential. When there's inflammation in the joints it can make basic things like sitting, walking, or holding something pretty painful. Learning the signs of joint inflammation is important so you can spot the symptoms right away and get the treatment that you need.
"Inflammation in the joints can have many causes, some of which are trauma, infection, and arthritis (which, by the way means inflamed joint)," Ernest L. Isaacson, DPM, FACFAS, board certified podiatrist, tells Bustle. "Inflammation can also be chronic, as in the case of certain types of arthritis, or acute as in a sprained ankle."
Although arthritis isn't responsible for every case of inflamed joints, it does affect a lot of people. According to the Arthritis Foundation, it's the leading cause of disability among adults in the country. Over 50 million adults are diagnosed, and it's a lot more common in women than it is in men. It's also not limited to the elderly. Anyone of any age, even children, can get arthritis.
Because your joints are so important to your everyday life, it's vital to be aware of when things are looking and feeling off. Here are some signs you may have inflammation in your joints, according to experts.