Arthritis

Kalmar Family Podiatry

Podiatry & Podiatric Surgeons located in Huntington, NY

Arthritis can take many forms, but they all cause painful, swollen joints that limit dexterity and mobility. The team of expert podiatrists at Kalmar Family Podiatry in Huntington, New York, have considerable experience in helping people with arthritis in their feet and ankles, and they have a range of effective treatment options to help you manage your arthritis. Call the clinic today to find out more, or book an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis means joint inflammation and is a term used to describe more than 100 diseases that cause inflammation of the joints, pain, and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most serious form of the disease and often affects the ankles and toes. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is a wear and tear form of arthritis that usually develops as people age.

As you age, the cartilage that covers the ends of bones and allows them to move fluidly against each other start to deteriorate. When the cartilage breaks down, the ends of the bones start rubbing against each other, causing pain and inflammation. As a result, the joints swell, and in time they can begin to twist and become misshapen.

Feet and ankles are subject to daily pressure and strain from supporting your body weight, so they endure a terrific amount of stress during your lifetime. Your foot has 28 bones and over 30 joints within it, so there are many potential areas where arthritis could set in.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in the foot?

Symptoms of arthritis in the foot and ankle may include:

  • Pain in the affected joints
  • Tenderness
  • Reduced mobility
  • Stiff joints
  • Swelling

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact Kalmar Family Podiatry to arrange a consultation. Your podiatrist can then take a look at your medical history and examine your feet to find out what could be causing your symptoms. They can also use X-rays or an MRI scan to confirm the diagnosis and the extent of the joint damage.

How is arthritis in feet and ankles treated?

Arthritis isn’t curable, but there are a variety of treatments available at Kalmar Family Podiatry, including:

  • Steroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain-killing medications
  • Custom orthotics
  • Canes or braces
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom shoes
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

Some patients may require surgery for the effects of arthritis when other treatment options aren’t providing relief. Fusion surgery or arthrodesis involves fusing the affected bones with pins or plates, or in rare cases, joint replacement surgery might be advisable.

To find the most effective solutions for arthritis or any kind of chronic pain in your feet and ankles, call Kalmar Family Podiatry today, or book an appointment online.