Your feet are especially vulnerable to arthritis, an inflammation of the cartilage and lining of your joints because each foot has 33 joints that can be affected. Don’t suffer from arthritis: Let the expert team of doctors at Complete Foot and Ankle help you manage your arthritis pain. Dr. Jacob Reinkraut, Dr. Michelle Suh, Danny Gomez, DPM, FACFAS; and Meagan Coleman, DPM, AACFAS can help you control inflammation and preserve your range of motion. If you live in Ridgewood or Newark, New Jersey, or the surrounding areas, call or use the online booking agent for an appointment.
Arthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of your joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints. Arthritis afflicts nearly 40 million Americans and can be a disabling and occasionally crippling disease.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It’s degenerative and caused by wear and tear on the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is also common but is caused by an autoimmune disorder in which your body attacks the joints, causing pain, disability, and inflammation.
Arthritis is most common in people over 50, and while the prevalence of arthritis increases with age, people of all ages can develop the condition. Arthritis of the feet can result in loss of mobility and independence, but you may avoid disability with early diagnosis and proper medical care.
What causes arthritis?
Arthritis is related to various illnesses. Some forms of arthritis are hereditary, while others may be the result of earlier trauma — notably in athletes and industrial workers — particularly if a patient ignores the injuries, as tends to be the case with most foot injuries.
Other causes of arthritis in the ankles and toes include:
- Bacterial and viral infections that strike the joints
- Bowel disorders such as colitis and ileitis, frequently in the joints of the ankles and toes
- Drugs, both prescription drugs and illegal street drugs
- Congenital causes
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
If you experience any of the following symptoms, make an appointment with the experts at Complete Foot and Ankle:
- Swelling in one or more joints
- Redness or heat in a joint
- Limited motion of a joint
- Early morning stiffness
- Skin changes, including rashes or growths
- Recurring pain or tenderness at a joint
How is arthritis treated?
The goal of treatment is to control inflammation and preserve or restore joint function. Potential therapies include:
- Physical therapy and exercise
- Shoe inserts
Surgical intervention may be the last resort in severe cases.
If you’re suffering from the pain and limited mobility of arthritis in your feet or ankles, call the experts at Complete Foot and Ankle today or make an appointment online to find relief from your symptoms.