Arthritis refers to joint disease affecting one or more joints. The word itself means joint inflammation, which can be a symptom of the disorder along with pain, stiffness, and a decreased range of motion.
Some types of arthritis that are associated with a degenerative process involving cartilage wear and tear are often confined to the joint. While other types of arthritis, such as those related to an inflammatory process and the immune system, may affect outside connective tissues and organs including the skin.
Risk factors for developing arthritis may include injury, aging, metabolic abnormalities, hereditary factors, infections, and immune system disorders. Symptoms of an arthritic condition can develop gradually over time or appear suddenly. There are several categories of arthritis including degenerative arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, infectious arthritis and metabolic arthritis. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, with both of these disorders often affecting the joints in the ankles and feet.
Our podiatrist offers the most effective and advanced approaches to care to help patients who are suffering foot problems due to arthritic conditions. Offering a comprehensive range of treatments including medications, orthotic devices, temporary immobilization, bracing steroid injections, and physical therapy, our goal is to alleviate symptoms as well as maintain or improve function as possible. If pain and deformity do not respond to conservative methods of care, a surgical procedure may be recommended.