Arthritis is a very common condition that develops in our patients, especially our older ones. It causes painful swelling of the joints as a result of the cartilage between the joints deteriorating. When the joints and bones rub against each other without any protection, excruciating pain can result. While it typically affects numerous joints of the body, it can be especially difficult when it affects the feet and ankles.
Symptoms of arthritis include pain, discomfort, stiffness, inflammation, and a lowered ability to perform simple movements. If you suffer a severe fall or do anything that causes your foot or ankle bone to break or lead to torn ligaments, arthritis is more likely to occur. You may not be able to reverse arthritis that has not been treated for a long period of time, but you can take affirmative steps to manage it and slow down any further destruction to your joints.
Helpful ways to alleviate arthritis pain include:
Foot support devices such as orthotics to help manage the amount of friction applied to your feet.
Medications that can alleviate swelling and reduce pain associated with arthritic pain in your feet and ankles.
Surgical forms of treatment when conservative methods are of no use. These methods involve replacing joints or fusing certain joints to repair damage caused by arthritis. Surgical procedures come with risks and may not work to restore full mobility. However, arthritis sets in for the long haul and taking drastic steps now will help to avoid severe pain down the road that may not be able to be fixed via any treatment methods.
Here at Cange Podiatry Inc., our podiatrist,Darlyne Cange, DPM, is aware of the stubbornness and seriousness of arthritis. Our practice is experienced with treating arthritis of the foot and ankle and will provide you with outstanding care to minimize your pain! Contact us or schedule an appointment online at our Howard County locations in Ellicott City and Glen Burnie, MD.