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Symptoms of Foot and Ankle Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. It commonly affects the foot and ankle, causing significant discomfort and mobility issues. Symptoms of foot and ankle osteoarthritis often include pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited range of motion. These symptoms may worsen over time. Contributing factors to the development of osteoarthritis consist of joint wear and tear, previous sprains or fractures, and abnormal foot structure. If you are experiencing persistent foot pain or discomfort, seeking help from a podiatrist is essential. This foot doctor can conduct a thorough evaluation, including a review of your medical history, physical examination, and possibly imaging studies like X-rays or MRI scans to accurately diagnose foot and ankle osteoarthritis. If you have developed osteoarthritis in the feet or ankles, it is suggested that you meet with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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