Arthritis Treatment in Ennis TX
Ennis Podiatrist Offers Arthritis Pain Relief & Restores Your Mobility
Do you have pain or stiffness in your joints? If yes, you may have arthritis and need the help from our podiatrist. Thanks to our state-of-the-art technology in our Ennis, TX location, you can experience our award-winning treatment for foot and ankle arthritis locally at Family Foot & Ankle Centers.
There are two main types of arthritis. We will be discussing both of them in detail and how they effect the foot and ankle.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is by far the most common type of arthritis that effects the feet. This arthritis is many times referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis or degenerative arthritis. Whatever you choose to call it, you are not alone if you suffer from osteoarthritis in your feet and ankles. Approximately 25-40 million Americans live with arthritis joint pain and stiffness on a daily basis.
Foot and ankle arthritis is usually a gradual process that slowly becomes more and more painful and stiff. Over time, the inflammation and swelling of the joint lining leads to cartilage destruction in joint. This leads to further inflammation, stiffness and swelling in the joint. Osteoarthritis is commonly noticed by middle age and older patients. The great toe joint is the most common area to be affected with arthritis pain in the foot, although any joint in the foot and ankle can be affected, Arthritis can cause pain and loss of mobility but if diagnosed early, symptoms can be controlled to allow for normal walking and activity.
Osteoarthritis After An Injury
If you have had an injury to your ankle or other joint in the past, the injury can cause the cartilage in your joints to slowly wear away. When this happens, the condition is called post-traumatic arthritis. This form of arthritis acts similarly to osteoarthritis and shares many of the same symptoms to include joint pain, joint swelling and decreased motion at the affected joint, especially the ankles.
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?
RA is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to mistakenly attack your joints in the same way it would fight off an infection. This causes inflammation in your joints and can be crippling. Rheumatoid arthritis commonly affects both feet and may cause pain and inflammation in many joints at one time. If not treated, the inflammation can eventually cause the cartilage in your joints to break down. This can lead to significant pain and further inhibiting your ability to walk.
As mentioned, this type of arthritis is notorious for being crippling. Generally, RA pain and swelling symptoms will often go through periods of remission, where pain symptoms disappear. But when they return, the pain, inflammation, and stiffness can be debilitating. Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid may affect other areas of the body, such as the eyes, lungs, heart, and nerves. Women are up to four times more likely than men to suffer from this disease.
What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Unfortunately, there is no known cause for rheumatoid arthritis. More than 90% of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) develop symptoms in the foot and ankle over the course of the disease. This is most commonly observed in the ankle and the small joints of the feet. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause the toes to deform into hammertoes and may cause other joint to dislocate. Although there is no cure for RA, there are many new treatment options available to help patients manage pain and stay active.
How Do You Treat Arthritis in the Foot or Ankle?
There are a variety of treatments available for those suffering from arthritis. Our foot doctors will recommend the best options for you based on your specific case. Potential initial treatments may include one or some of the following:
- Anti-inflammatory medication– Oral or topical prescription medication to reduce pain and inflammation in the feet
- Ice– Can be applied a few times a day at 20 minute intervals
- Shoe recommendations– Correct shoes that take the pressure away from the joints
- Stretching exercises– Allows for a more functional joint
- Custom orthotic– A custom orthotic (shoe insert) is a very effective tool to minimize the pressure from prominent or deformed bones in the foot and toes. The primary goal is to decrease pressure on the feet and to help absorb shock while supporting the bones
- Steroid injections- An injection of cortisone into the affected joint can greatly help a painful, swollen joint and allows to reduce inflammation within the joint. A steroid injection is will not stop the progression of the disease but often allows for decreased pain and increased activity level.which reduce inflammation
- Specialty Braces– Your Podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Centers may recommend a custom-molded plastic or leather brace to support the painful bones of the ankle or foot.Wearing splints at night to stretch your foot or ankle while you sleep
- Physical therapy – Allows pain relief and promotes healing
Is Surgery An Option for Arthritis?
Surgery is always considered as a last resort for arthritis treatment. If all other options have been ineffective, our foot specialists may recommend surgery for cases where prolonged arthritis has caused damage to your foot or ankle.
The best way to address your arthritis pain is to see one of our experienced podiatrists right away for a consultation. During the initial exam, our doctor will examine your foot and ankle, learn your medical history, and discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing. Your treatment recommendation will take your needs into account, as well as our foot doctor’s medical evaluation.
Experience Our Award-Winning Treatment for Arthritis in Ennis Today!
To learn more about our available treatments for arthritis, schedule an appointment today by calling our Ennis office at 972-875-3668 or by clicking here to use our convenient online form. We also offer same-day appointments and have bilingual Spanish-speaking professionals on staff for your convenience. During your appointment, our team will be happy to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Call today – we can’t wait to help you live your life pain-free!
As one of the premier podiatry centers in Ennis, TX, our doctors and team at Family Foot & Ankle Centers also provide 5-star podiatry care to patients from Corsicana, Waxahachie, TX, and surrounding areas.