Arthritis Treatment By Award Winning Foot Specialists in Ennis, TX
Ennis Podiatrist Offers Arthritis Pain Relief & Restores Your Mobility
Your Ennis podiatrists are experts at treating foot and ankle arthritis. Because arthritis can affect most any joint in the body, the feet and ankles are prone to develop this painful condition. This can make walking difficult and each step painful.
If you have osteoarthritis in your feet, it’s quite common to also have it in your knees, lower back and other joints. Your feet are complex and between the two of them, there are more than 60 joints that can be effected by arthritis. The good news is that your foot specialists at the Ennis location of Family Foot & Ankle Centers are here to help. Below we will discuss foot and ankle arthritis and what you can do to get back on your feet.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis found in both the body and the feet. In this type of arthritis, the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away and this can result in bone rubbing on bone. This type of arhtritis is referred to as the “wear-and-tear” form of arthritis. People with osteoarthritis in the foot or ankle many times experience swelling, pain and stiffness in the affected joints which can lead to a difficulty in walking.
An injury to your foot or ankle may also eventually lead to osteoarthritis. This may take months or years after the injury before the painful condition surfaces. Sometimes this form of arthritis develops due abnormal foot function. This is commonly seen in patients that have a flat feet, bunions and hammertoes. These abnormal conditions allow more pressure and strain on the joints and can gradually lead to arthritis.
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that can affect the foot and ankle. Autoimmune refers to the body attacking itself. It is estimated that over 2 million people in the United States are living with rheumatoid arthritis. This condition is most prevalent in women over the age of but can also affect in children. This inflammatory form of arthritis causes stiffness, swelling, pain and sometimes of the joints that are impacted. Up to 90% of people that are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis will develop this painful condition in the feet or ankles.
How Do Podiatrists Treat Arthritis in the Foot or Ankle?
The podiatrists at the Ennis location of Family Foot & Ankle Centers will help tailor an effective treatment program individualized for you. Our goal is to help reduce inflammation in the feet, alleviate pain in the feet and prevent joint damage so that you will have a lifetime of enjoyment on your feet.
There are a variety of treatments available for those suffering from arthritis. Some initial treatments may include one or all of the following:
- Prescription medicine– Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Also, Celestone Soluspan, is a very effective anti-inflammatory medicine that can be injected into a painful joint.
- Shoe changes– Is important to wear a light weight, leather shoe with a sturdy sole. Only buy shoes that feel comfortable immediately. Don’t buy shoes that you have to break in.
- Stretching exercises– Allows for a more functional joint
- Foot orthotics– Cushioned insoles are often helpful to absorb pressure and provide joint relief.
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 the premier podiatry centers in Ennis, Waxahachie and Corsicana, our foot doctors and team at Family Foot & Ankle Centers also provide 5-star podiatry care to patients in our surrounding areas. We proudly serve patients in Navarro and Ellis counties and surrounding areas including Corsicana, Mexia, Ennis, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Desoto, Cedar Hill, Lancaster and Palmer, TX. The Foot Specialists at Family Foot & Ankle Centers are improving lives one foot at a time.