Over 30 million American adults report being told by a doctor that they have some type of arthritis. It is a major cause of lost work time and serious disability for many people. Arthritis can encompass many different types of changes within and around a joint, including inflammation of the joint and surrounding soft tissues, bone spurs, loose bone fragments, and erosion of the cartilage inside of the joint. Pain can be present with movement of an arthritic joint and a limitation in the amount of movement is likely as the condition progresses.
There are numerous types of arthritis. The reason that your feet seem to be more susceptible to arthritis than other parts of your body is that your feet have so many joints that can be affected. The odds are just stacked against your feet. In addition, your feet and ankles bear the full weight of your entire body every single day.
While there are dozens of types of arthritis, we want to point out two of the most common:
What Are Symptoms of Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle?
- On-going joint pain and tenderness
- Redness, swelling, and stiffness in the joint area
- Growths, rashes, and other skin changes in the joint area
- Limited motion and stiffness of the join
How Is Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle Treated?
- Hyalgen Injections
- Physical therapy and exercise to increase strength and function
- Anti-inflammatory medication and steroid injections (do not take any medication without the advice of a doctor)
- Foot soaks and ice application
- Orthotics or prescribed footwear
If you are suffering from arthritis in your feet, make an appointment to see how we can help you stay comfortable and return you to your active lifestyle.