Let Your Sanford Podiatry Help Take Care Of Your Arthritis

If you are experiencing constant foot and ankle pain with swelling you may be suffering from osteoarthritis. Today we are sharing tips on how to treat arthritis at home, and how your Sanford podiatry office can help reduce the pain.

As we age, our chances of developing osteoarthritis increases. The joint damage associated with this type of arthritis includes swelling, pain, and possible deformity. Today we are sharing how Sanford Podiatry can help treat osteoarthritis from affecting your foot and ankle, what you can do to catch the signs and treat it at home.

The word arthritis means joint inflammation and it involves inflammation and swelling around the foot's joints and soft tissue. This inflammation can cause pain and stiffness to anyone that has arthritis on their feet. The joints deteriorate and the “cushion” cartilage in the joints are gradually lost. The soft tissues in the joints will begin to wear down making it painful to anyone experiencing it. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, also known as a regressive joint disease or age-related arthritis, osteoarthritis is common to develop as people age.  

Joints Affected Most By Osteoarthritis

There are 33 joints in the foot and any joint can be subjected to arthritis. The most common foot joints affected by osteoarthritis include:

  • The three joints of the foot that involve the heel bone, the inner mid-foot bone, and the outer mid-foot bone

  • The joint of the big toe and foot bone

  • The joint where the ankle and shinbone meet

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Some of the symptoms of foot and ankle osteoarthritis include:

  • Reduced ability to move, walk or bear weight

  • Stiffness in the joint

  • Tenderness and pain

  • Swelling in the joint

How To Treat Arthritis

There are many ways to treat foot and ankle osteoarthritis. One of the ways is having your Sanford podiatry office provide steroid medications injected into the joints to reduce swelling. You can also make lifestyle changes like weight loss. A diet to maintain a healthy weight can reduce the amount of weight going to your ankles. Losing weight will significantly reduce pressure and strain on the ankle joint.

If you are suffering from osteoarthritis an essential element of foot care is to wear shoes that fit properly and feel comfortable. Finding shoes shaped like your foot, and shoes that have support can help reduce the pain going into your ankles and feet.

At The Ankle and Foot Center, we want to help reduce the pain and swelling of your foot. As your Sanford podiatry office, we will make sure to provide the resources needed to ensure you leave our office feeling less pain as you came in.

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