More than 50 million Americans have arthritis. This condition of inflammation of the joints is often thought of as an unwelcome but inevitable part of aging. Actually, arthritis can affect people at any stage of life and more than 60% of Americans with this condition are not yet 65. Arthritis in your feet can be particularly debilitating because it can lead to crippling immobility. At Lansdowne Podiatry we offer our patients options that will help slow the progression of arthritis and enable them to maintain the active lifestyle they love.
Symptoms of Arthritis in Feet and Ankles
Your foot contains more than 30 joints. With feet bearing the impact of the body’s entire weight, they are more prone to developing arthritis than other parts of your body. Dr. Monique Renee Rolle wants her Loudoun County patients to recognize the symptoms of arthritis in the feet and seek diagnosis and treatment early for best outcomes. Signs of arthritis include:
- Chronic joint pain and tenderness
- Stiffness of the joint accompanied by limited motion
- Swelling and redness around the joint
- Rashes, growths, or other changes to the skin in the area surrounding the joint
Types of Arthritis
Some types of arthritis are hereditary. There are two main forms of arthritis: Rheumatoid and Osteo. Rheumatoid arthritis is the more serious of the two and causes chronic inflammation that can affect smaller joints such as the ones found in ankles and toes. This form of arthritis can also cause symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite, and muscle aches. Osteoarthritis is the more common type, associated with wear and tear of joints and their gradual deterioration with age.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Your podiatrist will take your medical history and conduct a complete exam of your feet and ankles. X-rays will most likely be ordered and possibly other imaging tests as well to ensure an accurate diagnosis. If arthritis is confirmed, the foot doctor will develop a treatment plan that’s custom designed for you. It may include treatments to relieve pain and inflammation, such as anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, icing, and foot soaks. Another facet of treatment is geared toward slowing the progression of the disease and maximizing the health of your feet and ankles. This may include physical therapy, exercises to increase strength and functioning of joints and muscles, orthotics and footwear that’s carefully chosen for comfort and support.
If you are experiencing symptoms of arthritis, don’t delay. Contact our Leesburg office as soon as possible for an evaluation of your condition and fight out what steps you can take to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.