Arthritis that affects the foot and ankle can start out as a nagging pain but then develop into a serious condition. The term means inflammation of the joint and there can be many types, making it important to diagnose the correct type so that targeted treatment may be applied. Our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, has the experience to provide you with the best treatment should you be suffering from chronic arthritis of the foot or ankle. Please call us at (773) 561-8100 or visit us at My Chicago Foot Expert located in Chicago to learn more about treatment for this condition.
As mentioned above, arthritis is the inflammation of joints. In numerous types of arthritis that can plague the foot and ankle, the cartilage in the joint is eventually lost as the joints gradually weaken. When the cartilage disappears, bones rub against each other and the other tissues also wear down, causing a severely painful situation. Mobility is thereafter significantly reduced, which includes a decline in joint function and potential deformities in the affected joints. As you can see, once the process of inflammation triggers the reduction of cartilage, the end results can be severe. Arthritis in the ankle is generally a chronic condition if it affects you. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which usually develops with age and results in the swelling of joints.
There are different treatment options that may be used to slow the progression of this condition. Non-surgical options include losing weight, diet, orthotics, joint supportive braces, therapy and anti-inflammatories. Surgical options include arthroscopic surgery, which helps in the early stages and uses a small instrument to insert into the joint to remove any foreign elements in the joint that are not supposed to be there. Fusion surgery, on the other hand, involves fusing of the bones with pins or screws. Lastly, joint replacement surgery involves the complete replacement of the ankle joint with implants. This form of surgery is only used in extreme cases.
Since arthritis of the foot and ankle can slowly become a big deal, please don’t wait any longer! Contact us as so that we can help slow its progression and get you feeling better in no time!