Millions of people suffer from painful arthritis, but when it affects your feet and ankles, it can be disabling and even interfere with your normal daily routines. At Achilles Foot Care in Delmont, Pennsylvania, Dr. Patrick D. Roberto helps you get relief from your symptoms using an array of treatments that he can customize depending on your needs. Arthritis is a progressive condition, so without proper medical care, it can cause joint deformities and permanent disability. If you have aches and pains in your feet or ankles, call the pratice or book an appointment today using the online booking tool.
Arthritis is a degenerative condition that damages your joints. The two primary types of arthritis are:
Osteoarthritis is by far the more common type. In most cases, age-related wear and tear is the culprit, but repetitive movements, strain on a joint, and injury to a joint are also causes.
The most common symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and joint stiffness. Sometimes, stiffness can interfere with the mobility of your joints. You may also experience swelling around a joint that’s affected by arthritis, and the skin over the joint may feel warmer than the surrounding skin (a result of inflammation inside the joint).
As the tissue that lines the joint surfaces wears away, friction inside the joint increases, resulting in increased inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Over time, the joint can become frozen and deformed, causing you to permanently lose function and mobility in that joint.
Arthritis can affect any joint, including the joints in your toes, ankles, heels, and the midsection (or arch) of your feet. If you have arthritis in your feet and ankles, your mobility can be significantly limited, especially if you allow the disease to progress without professional medical treatment.
For mild to moderate arthritis, Dr. Robert may recommend over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve the pain and inflammation. Injections of corticosteroids can also be helpful. Physical therapy and gentle stretching helps prevent joint stiffness. Many arthritis sufferers achieve long-term symptom relief with custom orthotics designed to relieve strain on the affected joint, helping to reduce inflammation that causes joint pain and stiffness.
When a joint is severely affected by arthritis, and even minor movements and pressures cause significant pain, Dr. Roberto may recommend surgery to fuse or immobilize joints, preventing movement that can trigger painful symptoms. Several surgical techniques are available, including many that require only small, minimally invasive incisions.
The key to long-term relief is to seek professional care at the first sign of symptoms so treatment can begin as soon as possible.