Foot Care for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis commonly affects the joints in the feet and ankles. There are many non-surgical ways to manage the pain from this ailment. For example, you can receive steroid injections at the site of the joint. Anti-inflammatory medications and pain relieving drugs are also known to help. Pads, arch supports, canes, braces or specialized orthotics could prove to be beneficial while walking and remaining active. Many patients also attend physical therapy to strengthen their feet and ankles. Additionally, losing weight may help with arthritic symptoms. One of the most essential elements of caring for arthritic feet is wearing the correct shoes. Make sure your shoes are shaped like your foot, have rubber soles, have support, fit properly and allow for flexible movement. Another helpful tip is to stretch the Achilles tendon and toes in order to minimize foot pain. If these methods are not improving osteoarthritis discomfort, surgery may be a viable option. If you have any questions about how osteoarthritis influences your feet and ankles, schedule a consultation with a podiatrist.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

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  • <!––><!––>Pain
  • <!––><!––>Stiffness
  • <!––><!––>Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • <!––><!––>Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • <!––>Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • <!––><!––>Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • <!––>Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • <!––><!––>Age – Risk increases with age
  • <!––>Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • <!––><!––>Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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