Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care
Discover some effective strategies for managing foot and ankle arthritis.
As we get older, it’s natural for parts of the body to take on a little wear-and-tear; however, when the joints accumulate excessive wear and tear, it can lead to severe stiffness, swelling, pain, and eventually, joint damage. Accordingly, the goal of Dr. Edward Orman is to reduce joint damage in patients living with arthritis. Here’s what you should know about arthritic feet and ankles and how to care for them:
What type of arthritis do I have?
The three main types of arthritis that affect the feet and ankles are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and posttraumatic arthritis. Osteoarthritis, which is often the result of age, causes the cartilage of the joints to wear away over time. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that affects multiple joints including the feet and ankles, while posttraumatic arthritis results after a foot or ankle injury.
Of course, the only way to find out which type of arthritis you are dealing with is to turn to our podiatrist for a thorough evaluation.
How do I treat my arthritis?
While arthritis is not curable, it’s still important to detect the problem early on so that we can start you on a treatment plan that will manage symptoms and slow the progression of the condition. There are a variety of ways in which to manage your arthritis including,
- Over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Prescription shoe inserts (also known as custom orthotics)
- Supportive or custom footwear
- Weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight
- Steroid injections (for treating more severe forms of inflammation)
- Physical therapy and foot-strengthening stretches
When should I consider surgery?
Catching arthritis during its early stages and acquiring proper treatment could mean avoiding surgery altogether thanks to certain medications and lifestyle changes. However, depending on the type and extent of the arthritis, our Baltimore foot doctor may recommend surgery if there is significant or irreparable joint damage that is affecting mobility, joint functionality, and overall quality of life. Fusion surgery and joint replacement surgery are the two main types of surgeries performed on those with more advanced stages of arthritis.
Need treatment? Give us a call
If you believe that you might be dealing with arthritis in your feet and ankles, it’s important that you have a podiatrist that you can turn to for immediate care. Trust your feet and ankle health to Honeygo Podiatry. With offices in Perry Hall and Fallston, MD, we make it easy for patients living in and around Baltimore to get the evaluation and care they need. Call (410) 529-4141 for the Perry Hall office, or (410) 877-3369 for the Fallston location today.