Each year we recognize May as National Arthritis Awareness Month. This condition affects 350 million people worldwide and is a serious issue for many.
Arthritis can damage the joints and cause both ankles and feet to stiffen up. When this happens, long-lasting and serious damage can occur to the joints that join bones together. This can impact the body’s ability to maintain stability and steadiness, affecting mobility.
WHAT CAUSES ARTHRITIS?
Arthritis simply refers to joint inflammation. It is a symptom that involves various disorders that affect your joints. The causes of arthritis are numerous. Among the most common are:
• Injury or damage to joints
• Wear and tear due to age
• Certain infections around the joint
• Simple genetics
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ARTHRITIS?
Arthritis can affect ankle and foot conditions in a variety of ways. Each foot, like each person, is unique. Some of the most common symptoms are:
• Stiffness in the feet
• Pain on the sole of feet
• Joint deformation
WHAT ARE SOME TREATMENTS OF ARTHRITIS?
A good podiatrist will be able to offer several effective treatments, some of the most popular may include:
- Custom Molded Orthotics
Store-bought inserts can help, but for superior comfort and support, a podiatrist may recommend a customized orthotic. This device is specially designed according to the unique shape of your foot. This can ease pressure on joints and bones.
- Foot and Ankle Surgery
If your case of arthritis is serious, it may require surgery. An experienced specialist can replace severely damaged joints with artificial versions.
Contact a podiatrist today if you or a loved one is suffering from foot-related arthritis. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.