Common Signs of Foot and Ankle Arthritis

Common Signs of Foot and Ankle Arthritis

From scaling the office stairs to strolling in the park, your feet are integral to everyday life. They’re complex structures that, when healthy, perform their job seamlessly. However, when arthritis creeps into your feet and ankle joints, it can cause significant discomfort and a major disruption to your daily activities.

At Concord Podiatry, board-certified podiatrist Dr. David Biss understands the detrimental impact of foot and ankle arthritis on quality of life. Our team is committed to providing effective, compassionate care to alleviate symptoms and improve mobility, helping you regain the freedom of painless movement.

What is foot and ankle arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition characterized by inflammation and swelling in the joints, which leads to pain and stiffness. When this affects the intricate network of joints in the feet and ankles, it can significantly impair mobility and overall foot function. Over time, the condition can cause changes in the foot's structure and alignment, leading to further complications if not addressed. 

At Concord Podiatry, we specialize in diagnosing and treating various types of arthritis that affect the feet and ankles, such as osteoarthritisrheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis after an injury, and gout. 

Our approach combines thorough assessment with personalized treatment plans, focusing on alleviating symptoms and preventing further joint damage.

Recognizing the signs of foot and ankle arthritis

Identifying foot and ankle arthritis early is crucial to effective management. Common signs include persistent foot or ankle pain, especially during or after movement, and stiffness or swelling in one or more joints. You may also notice a decreased ability to move, walk or bear weight, particularly first thing in the morning or after a period of inactivity.

Some people with foot and ankle arthritis also experience changes in the appearance of their feet, such as bunions, claw toes, or flat feet. If you recognize any of these signs, the team at Concord Podiatry is ready to help.

Diagnostic process

Diagnosis is an important step in the treatment process at Concord Podiatry. Our comprehensive approach combines a thorough physical examination with cutting-edge diagnostic techniques to accurately identify the type and severity of your arthritis. This can include X-rays, blood tests, or an MRI or CT scan.

Dr. Biss also asks about your medical history and symptoms to get a complete picture of your condition. This information guides the creation of a personalized treatment plan designed to meet your specific needs.

Nonsurgical treatment options

Treatment for foot and ankle arthritis at Concord Podiatry often begins with nonsurgical methods. These can include lifestyle modification recommendations such as weight management and low-impact exercises, physical therapy, and custom orthotic devices to support the affected joints and improve foot function.

Oral and topical medications can also help manage pain and inflammation. In some cases, Dr. Biss may recommend corticosteroid injections to provide temporary relief from severe symptoms.

When surgery is needed

Some arthritis cases may require surgical intervention for optimal results. Concord Podiatry offers a range of surgical options, from joint fusion or replacement to minimally invasive arthroscopy. 

Dr. Biss thoroughly discusses these options with you, ensuring you have the information you need to make an informed decision about your care. Our team will support you through every step of the process, from preoperative preparation to postoperative recovery. 

Through comprehensive care and a patient-centered approach, the Concord Podiatry team aims to get you back on your feet, pain-free and ready to enjoy life once again. For arthritis and all of your foot and ankle care needs, call or text us to schedule your visit with Dr. Biss today.

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