Arthritis is a disease characterized by inflammation of the joints. With the human foot containing over 30 joints and bearing the weight of the whole body, it is more susceptible to developing arthritis than other parts of the body. Arthritis in the feet can be extremely debilitating and can greatly reduce a patient’s mobility. Early detection and treatment is critical to slowing the progression of arthritis and limiting joint damage. There are two kinds of arthritis:
This is the more common form of arthritis and most often affects people as they age. Repeated use of the joints and constant pressure on them over time results in cartilage break down and degeneration. Symptoms become worse as time goes on and stiff, sore joints can happen after overuse or a period of inactivity.
This form of the disease causes chronic inflammation of the smaller joints such as those found in toes and ankles. This is the more serious type of arthritis and can affect people at a younger age more so than Osteoarthritis.
Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis
Joint pain and tenderness are prevalent symptoms of arthritis, along with limited motion and stiffness of the joint. Patients may also notice redness and swelling of the joints and less expected symptoms, such as growths, rashes, or other skin changes around the joint area.
At Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle we want our Oklahoma City patients to know that there are treatments that can bring relief from arthritis pain and stiffness. Although arthritis can’t be cured, our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. A. Bil Buksh can help patients take steps to maximize mobility and help them continue to enjoy an active lifestyle. Treatment options include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications and steroid injections
- Icing and foot soaks
- Physical therapy and massage
- Exercises designed to increase strength and range of motion
- Orthotics or specially designed footwear
If you suspect arthritis may be developing in your feet or ankles, don’t write it off as an inevitable condition of aging. Contact either our Edmond or Norman office or request an appointment online and start fighting to preserve your mobility today.