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Arthritic Foot & Ankle care is of utmost importance for those individuals affected by it. The pain it causes in your feet and ankles gets worse as you age. If it is not treated, the nagging pain can grow into something so excruciating that you can no longer take a normal walk for a short amount of time. Arthritis is a condition that destroys the mechanisms of a joint and is a wear and tear of the cartilage that results in inflammation of the joint. Severe arthritis can stop your mobility from behaving normally. However, with the right treatment, arthritis can be slowed down so that it doesn’t hurt you early in life. Half of people past the age of 60 can have a form of arthritis of the foot. Severe traumas that lead to broken feet or a torn ligament can cause the joint to develop arthritis in the future. Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help treat this condition at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Contact us today to make an appointment.
The best treatment of foot and ankle arthritis assaults the pain and joint abnormality. Since pain occurs when a joint is injured, it can lead to swelling caused by arthritis or from the loss of cartilage. If not treated right away, your foot or ankle could become deformed. Treatment for arthritis of the foot may include medications to reduce inflammation, steroidal injections, physical therapy, weight loss or even orthotics. However, if surgery is necessary, it may include a cleaning of the joint afflicted with arthritis, removing the sore motion of the joint or a replacement of the joint with an artificial joint. Recovery after surgery will necessitate a period where your foot might have to be put in a cast or use a special type of shoe to ensure that the arthritis does not return and cause pain in the recovering joint.
Arthritis occurs as swelling and inflammation of the body’s joints, leading to symptoms such as rashes, itchiness, fever, weight loss, and trouble breathing, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. Arthritis results when the body’s immune system begins mistakenly attacking healthy cells, particularly in the joints. The different forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and gout.
Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Arthritic Foot Care
Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.
In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
- Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
- Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
- Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.
It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and damage to the joints over time without proper treatment. The chronic condition can lead to severe pain and there have been several treatments developed to prevent the progression of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. These treatments include anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections for affected joints, and radiotherapy as a last option.
Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, consult with one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.
Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet
Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.
- Swelling and pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
- Joint shift and deformation
Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.
If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.