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Dealing With Arthritis in the Ankles

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

The ankle joints are used every day to walk, run, jump, or play sports. After a while, the connective tissues that form the joint like cartilage, ligaments, and tendons can simply wear out and arthritis takes over. You may notice pain, redness, heat, swelling, and less range of motion. At first, some lifestyle changes can help reduce the effects of ankle arthritis. Among them are losing weight, ceasing repetitive and strenuous activities, and taking certain medications. If none of this helps, it may be time to see a podiatrist who can offer more complex solutions. Among them is arthroscopic debridement to clean out any loose cartilage that may be causing the inflammation. Another option is arthrodesis, which is a fusion of bones in the ankle using plates, rods, pins, or screws. This may affect the range of motion and gait but offer pain relief. A final option is ankle joint replacement which comes with a long list of risks and benefits. Ask your podiatrist for more detailed information on dealing with ankle arthritis.


 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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