Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cartilage, which cushions and protects the ends of your bones, begins to deteriorate. This commonly occurs in the foot and ankle but can eventually lead to total loss of cartilage in other joints.
As cartilage breaks down it becomes rough, no longer protecting your bones and sometimes causing them to rub together. This can create foot and heel pain, possibly inflaming or irritating the joint. Osteoarthritis worsens over time with the gradual breakdown of your cartilage. Unfortunately, no cure exists but there are a variety of treatments that can relieve the pain and help you to remain active.
Osteoarthritis (Foot Arthritis) Consultation
Getting a consultation at RNV Podiatry’s Frisco office is an important step in understanding and diagnosing your arthritic foot or ankle condition. Board Certified Dr. Verville will take the time to:
- Discuss your problems and lifestyle to gain insight into your specific problem.
- Perform a thorough physical exam.
- Determine the best possible treatment option.
Dr. Verville encourages patients to ask any questions related to their injuries and will discuss how to prevent further damage.
What Causes Osteoarthritis (Foot Arthritis)?
It isn’t exactly clear what causes osteoarthritis. Medical professionals in most cases agree such factors as age and obesity or a combination of factors can lead to arthritis of the joints. Common suggested causes include:
- Natural aging
- Previous joint injury or routine stress to joints.
- Heredity, a history of arthritis problems in your immediate family.
- Obesity and lack of exercise.
- Muscle weakness or lack of support from muscles in specific area.
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What are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis (Foot Arthritis)?
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis often develop slowly over time and then eventually worsen. Signs of symptoms may include:
- Pain in your joins after movement.
- Tenderness and sensitivity of joints when pressure is applied.
- Stiffness in joints after prolonged inactivity.
- Lack of flexibility in joints.
- Limited range of motion.
What are the Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis (Foot Arthritis)?
Options for treatment may vary based on the length of time the condition has been present and the severity of the condition at the time of diagnosis. While treatment will vary from person to person, osteoarthritis (foot arthritis) is commonly treated with:
- Physical therapy to safely extend range of motion.
- Proper exercise to rebuild mobility and strength.
- Medication for pain relief and inflammation.
- Rest to allow damaged joints to heal.
Although Dr. Verville will initially try less invasive treatment, more severe conditions may require surgery and rehabilitation to repair damage to the joints.
To schedule an appointment and develop a treatment plan for your foot and ankle arthritis, call our Frisco office at (214) 385-8822.