What is Arthritis?

Arthritis in the feet and ankles is a common condition characterized by inflammation and degeneration of the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and mobility issues. It can result from various factors, including age, wear and tear, autoimmune diseases, and previous injuries. In the foot, arthritis frequently affects the joint where the ankle and shinbone meet, as well as the joints involving the heel bone, the inner mid-foot bone, and the outer mid-foot bone. Understanding and treating arthritis early can help maintain foot and ankle function and relieve discomfort.

5 Common Symptoms of Arthritis

  • Persistent joint pain and tenderness
  • Swelling around the joints
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Stiffness, especially in the morning
  • Changes in the surrounding skin, like redness or warmth

What are Effective Treatments for Arthritis?

Treating arthritis in the foot and ankle involves a combination of methods tailored to the individual’s specific needs and the severity of the condition. The primary goals are to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and improve joint function.

  • Medications (anti-inflammatories and pain relievers)
  • Physical Therapy
  • Custom Orthotics
  • Steroid Injections
  • Surgical Interventions (in severe cases)

Living with arthritis can be challenging, but with the right treatment plan, many people lead active and comfortable lives. At Ankle and Foot Sports Medicine Institute, we understand the complexities of arthritis and are dedicated to providing personalized care to manage your symptoms effectively and improve your quality of life. If you’re experiencing persistent joint pain or other symptoms of arthritis, don’t wait for them to worsen. Request an appointment with us today, and take the first step towards healthier, happier feet and ankles.