Arthritis & Foot Pain

Arthritis is  a progressive disabling disease that affects millions of people world wide. It is characterized by inflammation throughout many of the  body’s joints. Symptoms can include severe pain and swelling, redness, and limitation of motion in one or more joints. Morning stiffness and enlargement of joints are commonplace. 

The more usual forms of arthritis seen in the foot are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gouty arthritis. Other types of arthritis are less commonplace and have specific systemic origins.  It is customary that Blood tests and x-rays are used to help determine the diagnosis to help with reduction of symptoms and treatment. 

arthritic causes

  • Trauma to a joint or repeated action such as running
  • Age related osteoarthritic symptoms
  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • obesity
  • Systemic disease
  • Heredity plays a large role in rhumatoid arthritis

self help

  • exercise to maintain joint movement 
  • massage or physio therapy
  • Use ice and anti-inflamatories such as ibuprofen to decrease inflammation
  • Wear sturdy shoes with good support and orthotics to prevent further breakdown of joints
  • eat a well balanced diet

medical support and Treatment

  • An evaluation using X-ray, MRI, bone scan and blood work can help properly identify the arthritic condition and lead to the appropriate treatment
  • medications reducing inflammation and reduction of byproducts greatly assists the patient on a day to day level
  • Shoe orthotic and braces to decrease joint degeneration
  • Surgical intervention is frequently used to remodel or remove arthritic bone. In some cases Fusion or Joint implants are used to eliminate or  replace degenerative

As a general rule, joint fusions or joint replacements are performed on an out-patient basis in an AHS approved Surgical Center or in a Hospital.  Surgical procedural costs are covered by AHS or the patient may opt for private surgery to avoid a waiting time.  A visit to Feldman Foot And Ankle Specialists will CLEARLY define all available patient options.

 

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