Chances are, you know someone who is suffering from arthritis. Whether it’s your parents, grandparents, or an older friend, it can be a painful condition, especially when it attacks the feet and ankles.
Among the different types, osteoarthritis is the most common. This type is a progressive joint disease that typically affects the older population. As we age, the cartilage in between the bones in our joints degrade. When this natural cushioning wears thin, arthritis can develop. Pain and inflammation can result and if you do not get treated appropriately, it can begin to produce severe pain that can restrict movement during everyday movements. Arthritis destroys the longevity of your joints in a way that can make even the most simple tasks difficult. Therefore, severe osteoarthritis can become debilitating if you do not seek help.
Other factors aside from aging that lead to an increased risk of developing arthritis are obesity, bone trauma, and injuries like ligament tears. If it is not treated, the nagging pain leads to real consequences that will hamper normal mobility.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Physical therapy, which helps keep joints moving and flexible.
- Wearing shoes that fit correctly.
- Losing weight so that pressure can be taken off of your joints. This is something that you can do without any further assistance.
- Surgery if the joints have become severely damaged from arthritis. This process will involve joint fusion, removal or replacement. Surgery can reduce pain and lead to an improvement in movement.
Here at Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, our podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos will help find relief for your joints so that arthritis does not cause you any more pain. If you are ready to find a solution for your foot and ankle issues, please call (773) 561-8100 or contact us online to make an appointment today. Our office is conveniently located in Chicago, Illinois and we look forward to serving all of your foot and ankle needs. Please browse our Patient Education Library for helpful information and prevention tips about common foot and ankle conditions.