Are your feet or ankles stiff? Do you notice any redness or swelling in the areas of the joints? Is the pain and stiffness limiting the motion of your feet and even inhibiting walking or exercising?
You may have arthritis in your feet and/or ankles. Rheumatoid arthritis, the more serious form of arthritis, causes chronic inflammation in the joint lining of many smaller joints like those in the ankle and toes.
Osteoarthritis is a more common form and is caused by degeneration of the joints because of wear and tear damage to joint cartilage over time. Joints tend to wear down as we age, especially those that have been overused. Sudden trauma like a broken bone, ankle sprain or torn ligament can also cause osteoarthritis in the future.
Treating Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
Please come visit us if you suffer from the pain and stiffness of arthritis in your feet or ankles. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM will first evaluate your feet to assess your pain level and range of motion. We’ll take x-rays right in our office and order other tests such as a bone scan, CAT scan or MRI for more information.
Our treatment will address your pain and degree of deformity in the joint. Treatment can include:
- Oral anti-inflammatory medication
- Steroid injections
- Foot massages
- Physical therapy to increase function and strength
- Orthotics or custom-made shoes
We’ll discuss lifestyle changes such as losing weight that can help ease the symptoms of arthritis. Surgery may be necessary to clean out the arthritic joint or even replacing the joint with an artificial one.
Reduce Your Risk of Arthritis
October 12 is World Arthritis Day, created to raise awareness of the issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases like arthritis. One of the goals of this campaign is to demonstrate that the progression of osteoarthritis can be slowed and its symptoms eased. Here’s how:
- Avoid sports injuries with proper equipment, training and safe play.
- Maintain a healthy weight to reduce joint stress.
- Keep joints healthy and reduce symptoms with regular exercise – at least 30 minutes on 5 days each week. Try workouts that are easy on the joints like swimming or biking.
- Stretch each day to keep joints flexible.
You’ll find lots more information on living with arthritis from the Arthritis Foundation.
Let Us Help Ease Your Pain from Arthritis
Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience with all types of foot and ankle diseases including arthritis. We handle many treatments and surgeries right here in our office. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Whether you want to run a marathon or just around the bases, we can help keep you in the game!