What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a term often used to mean any disorder that affects the joint. There are many types:
Osteo-arthritis (wear and tear)
Rheumatoid-arthritis (auto-immune related)
Gouty-arthritis (diet related)
We will focus on: Osteoarthritis also known “wear-and-tear” because it develops as a result of the natural use and aging process. Also known as degenerative joint disease or age-related. Arthritis can cause pain, swelling, and possibly deformity.
What are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis?
Symptoms of osteoarthritis affecting the feet and ankles usually include:
- Tenderness and pain in joint
- Swelling in joint
- Stiffness in joint
- Reduced ability to move, walk
How is Osteoarthritis of the Foot and Ankle Treated?
A variety of methods can be used to treat OA. Conservative measures include NSAIDS, RICE, steroid medications are used to minimize swelling and pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs can also help to reduce swelling and ease discomfort. Pads and arch support can help cushion the joints against pressure and impact.
Canes and braces can be used if weight bearing is especially difficult. Physical therapy can also help to increase range of motion and keep the joints flexible. Custom made orthotics can also help, especially in reducing painful range of motion.
Lastly, stem cells and regenerative medicine can also treat arthritic joints with surgery!
If you believe you have arthritis in your feet and/or ankles, contact us to schedule a consultation appointment.
Call us at 727-842-9504 to make an appointment. Dr. Zafar will sit down with you and discuss options to proceed with.