Most people experience problems with their feet at some point or another in their lives and thankfully, a podiatrist can help diagnose and treat any problems or conditions that arise. When thinking about visiting a podiatrist, it may be helpful to consider a few things so that you choose the right one. When problems or conditions…
Arthritic Foot and Ankle Care Can Help You to Live a Full Life
We provide arthritic foot and ankle care in our clinic. Unfortunately, arthritis is a common condition that impacts many adults as they age. There are two main types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both can be incredibly painful and require treatment.
Osteoarthritis is the most common and it typically results from a sudden injury or constant wear and tear. In other words, osteoarthritis is the result of damage whether that damage happens in one incident or occurs over time. As a result, the damaged area will become swollen and inflamed, resulting in joint pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition where the joint lining becomes irritated and the area inflamed. People with rheumatoid arthritis are likely to suffer from arthritis in the foot and ankle as well as other areas of the body.
Arthritic foot and ankle care
Anyone who has arthritis needs to receive regular treatment to prevent the condition from worsening. Treatment can be used to reduce and sometimes eliminate pain. We recommend treatment solutions based on the needs of our individual patients. Some of our recommendations could include the following:
- Anti-inflammatory medication that is taken orally. This could include a prescription or even using ibuprofen on a regular basis.
- Steroid injections. If the pain is severe, injecting a steroid into the area can provide an incredible amount of relief for months or sometimes permanently.
- Losing weight. Arthritis can be made worse by obesity or excessive weight gain so getting to a healthy weight is often part of the recommendations.
- Medical devices. Wearing a brace, special shoes or pads can help to relieve pressure on the feet and ankles.
- Physical therapy. Physical therapy can be used to strengthen the ankles and feet along with loosening the muscles and joints to provide relief.
- Surgery. On rare occasions, surgery may be necessary as part of the treatment process. However, we always recommend trying noninvasive methods first.
Typically, patients use a combination of these treatment solutions. It will generally start with the least invasive methods and work our way from there. The goal is to find a combination that works best to provide the relief a patient needs to eliminate or reduce their discomfort. This way, our patients will have no restrictions on their mobility or quality of life due to arthritis. Ultimately, that is our goal so we will do our best to help our patients regain their best possible health.
Take action quickly
Arthritis can get worse over time. In fact, if it is left untreated, a joint deformity is more likely. Therefore, it is critical to take action quickly and to receive the treatment necessary to reduce or limit the impact of arthritis. Visiting our clinic for arthritic foot and ankle care is an excellent way to do so.
Scheduling a consultation does not mean that a patient has to agree with all the suggested treatment options. However, this consultation is important for sharing the information necessary to make an informed treatment decision. During that appointment, we will go over options in detail, answer questions and help patients to make decisions that are going to work best for their current and future goals.
Keep living a full life
An arthritic foot and ankle treatment can make it possible to keep living a full life. If arthritis has already begun to force restrictions upon activities and is negatively impacting your lifestyle, there is no time to wait. Call and schedule an appointment with our clinic today to learn more about your treatment options.