Arthritis can cause many problems for your foot and ankle health. It creeps in overtime and takes its toll eventually. If you take the proper steps for appropriate care of arthritis, you can fend off the symptoms for longer then you may think. Arthritis overwhelms the mechanisms of the foot and ankle joints by chipping away at the cartilage between them and produces inflammation and aching. You may have a higher chance of developing arthritis if you have a history of it in your family or if you place unusually large amounts of pressure on your feet on a daily basis. Arthritis can show itself through a slow decline of flexibility and as well as pain on a consistent basis when moving. Your feet and ankles may be swollen and incapable of providing the swift movements they were once able to make.
Proper arthritic foot and ankle care involves:
- The use of medications such as anti-inflammatories to decrease inflammation.
- Place orthotics in your shoes to relieve pressure from your feet. These devices are very helpful since they alleviate the pressure already placed on your foot’s joints from arthritis.
- Wear shoes that have plenty of padding and that are comfortable.
- Surgery may be required to fuse or repair joints of the ankle if they have become deteriorated from arthritis.
- Physical therapy can also be very helpful in keeping mobility at its peak and to reduce the chances of your joints becoming rigid.
- Losing weight can also be very helpful in reducing the amount of stress placed on your joints. Reducing stress on your feet will prevent any damage in excess of what arthritis has already caused.
Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas know the difficulty that arthritis can bring to your routine. We have many years of experience in treating arthritis and can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan to manage your symptoms! Please contact us for an appointment and check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown.