Advanced Foot & Ankle Arthritis Treatment in Waxahachie, TX
Find Arthritis Pain Relief With Our Waxahachie Foot Specialists
Do you have pain and stiffness in your feet or ankles? Do your toes not bend like they used too? If the answer is yes, you may have arthritis in your feet.
It is estimated that one out of every six middle aged person has arthritis in their feet. Being that each foot has over 30 joints, this is not surprising. Your feet absorb the brunt of the bodies shock with every step. This can add up to a lot of joint trauma when the average person takes 5,000 to 7,000 steps every day.
The good news is that your Waxahachie Foot Specialists at Family Foot & Ankle Centers are experts at treating foot and ankle arthritis pain. Below we will discuss how the different types of arthritis affect the feet and what you can do to about it.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis goes by a few different names, including degenerative joint disease and degenerative arthritis. Whatever you choose to call it, you are not alone if you suffer from osteoarthritis in your feet or ankles. Approximately 27-40 million Americans live with osteoarthritis every day.
Foot and ankle arthritis is the inflammation and swelling of the joint lining. Over time, this causes the cartilage in your joints to break down, causing pain and swelling. This can also lead to stiffness in the joint. Arthritis is frequently seen in middle age and older patients. The most common part of the foot to be afflicted by this condition is the big toe joint. Arthritis can cause pain and loss of mobility, but if diagnosed early, symptoms can be reduced and controlled to allow for normal walking and activity.
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to attack your joints like it would fight off an infection. This causes inflammation and can inhibit your mobility. If not treated, the inflammation causes the cartilage in your joints to break down, leading to significant pain and stiffness. This type of arthritis is notorious for being crippling. Generally, rheumatoid arthritis progresses more slowly over time than osteoarthritis. During this time, symptoms often go through periods of remission, where pain symptoms disappear. But when they return, the pain, inflammation, and loss of mobility can be severe. The most common symptoms of RA are pain, swelling, warmth and stiffness in the feet. Unlike osteoarthritis, RA typically affects both feet, affecting the same joints on each foot.
Women are affected more often than men, 3 to 1 with symptoms most commonly developing during middle age. 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. The arthritis can cause the toe to deform into a hammer toe or claw toe and the joints may become swollen and painful. Although there is no cure for RA, there are many treatment options available to help patients manage pain, stay active, and live fulfilling lives.
What Is Post-traumatic Arthritis in Ankles?
If you incurred an injury to your ankle in the past, that injury can cause damage to the joint cartilage. This injury causes 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. You may notice joint pain, joint swelling and decreased motion at the affected joint, especially the ankles. X-rays will likely be performed to evaluate the damage and alignment of the ankle bones.
How Do Podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Centers 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 your 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 your 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 your foot and toes. The primary goal is to decrease pressure on yourfeet 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
Surgery is always considered as a last resort for arthritis treatment. If all other options have been ineffective, the foot surgeons at Family Foot & Ankle Centers 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, your foot specialists at Family Foot & Ankle Centers will carefully evaluate your symptoms and discuss your general health and medical history in detail with you. We listen first and then your foot doctor will examine your feet and ankles. In-office digital x-rays may be obtained to evaluate the position of the bones in the feet and allow your podiatrist to obtain measurements of the alignment of your bones and joints. Your treatment recommendation will take your needs into account, as well as our doctor’s medical evaluation.
Experience Our Award-Winning Care for Arthritis in Waxahachie, TX, Today!
To learn more about our available treatments for arthritis, schedule an appointment today by calling us at 972-597-4132 or by clicking here to use our convenient online form. We offer some 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 Waxahachie, TX, our doctors and team at Family Foot & Ankle Centers also provide 5-star podiatry care to patients from Corsicana, Ennis & Mexia, TX, and surrounding areas.