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Arthritis

Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina

Arthritis, or joint inflammation, is common in the small joints of the foot and ankle. Fortunately, the expert team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, can diagnose and treat arthritis at their 12 locations throughout Southern Georgia and South Carolina. For comprehensive care for arthritis that’s affecting your feet and ankles, call your nearest office or request an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis encompasses more than 100 conditions that cause inflammation in the joints. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition that causes the smooth cartilage that cushions your bones to wear away. This leads to pain and may eventually restrict movement in the joint. 

How does arthritis affect the foot and ankle?

Each foot contains more than 30 joints, all of which are prone to arthritis. Gout is a type of arthritis that’s especially common in the big toe joint. Other forms of arthritis that may affect your foot and ankle include:

Osteoarthritis

Also called wear-and-tear arthritis, this condition is most common in weight-bearing joints like the foot and ankle. Osteoarthritis may result from overuse due to aging, obesity, or foot trauma. 

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to attack healthy tissues in your joints. 

Post-traumatic arthritis

This type of arthritis results from an injury that causes inflammation and damage to your foot and ankle joints. 

How do I know if I have foot and ankle arthritis?

Arthritis symptoms vary based on the type and severity of your condition as well as which joints are affected. Common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Foot or ankle pain during activity or at rest
  • Difficulty walking or running
  • Tenderness in the affected joint
  • Joint swelling, redness, and stiffness 

Pain and symptoms may start off mild and intermittent and become more severe and persistent as the disease worsens. 

The best way to find out if you have arthritis is to schedule an appointment at Ankle & Foot Associates. Their multiple locations offer state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, including digital X-rays, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 

What treatments are available for foot and ankle arthritis?

The team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, takes the most conservative approach to treatment possible. Arthritis treatment may begin with nonsurgical methods, such as:

  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing and compression
  • Pain medications and anti-inflammatories
  • Corticosteroid injections

If foot and ankle arthritis continues to cause disabling pain and symptoms despite treatment, your provider at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, may recommend surgery. Their expert team performs a wide range of ankle and foot surgeries, including total ankle replacement. 

If you think you may have arthritis, call Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, or request an appointment online today.