Osteoarthritis is a chronic form of arthritis that causes the cartilage that protects the joints to break down. As the cartilage wears down, the bones rub against each other and cause pain, stiffness, and in some cases, loss of joint movement. Osteoarthritis is also called degenerative joint disease and is the most common type of arthritis. Risk factors for osteoarthritis include advanced age, obesity, overuse and a family history.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis and it is usually a chronic disease, meaning it is progressive and for most patients will get worse. Treatment for osteoarthritis can help reduce the symptoms. Other osteoarthritis treatments focus on management and include self-care, diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. If you are experiencing osteoarthritis joint pain in your ankles or feet, our doctors can help. Call our podiatrists in Royal Palm Beach and elsewhere in the Palm Beaches at 561-793-6170.
What is Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis where the cartilage in the joints gets worn down. Cartilage is the material that protects the joints from normal wear and tear. Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease, so when the cartilage gets worn down, it is not something that grows back or can be replaced. The bones in the affected joint start to rub together and cause pain, stiffness, and can eventually lead to joint immobility. This condition can be caused by obesity or overuse and it can also occur just as a result of advancing age or genetics.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis symptoms include soreness in the joints, pain that gets worse with activity, and stiffness and less flexibility in the joints. Some osteoarthritis sufferers also experience a grating sensation when walking. In some cases, osteoarthritis pain does not get any worse than occasional pain and stiffness. Others can experience pain and stiffness can interfere with daily activities and limit physical activity. Our podiatrists see patients to help treat osteoarthritis symptoms in the ankles or toes.
Treatments for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis treatment includes medications to help relieve pain and reduce any swelling or inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. Your doctor might recommend physical therapy or occupational therapy to help increase your range of motion and help you discover other ways to move while reducing pressure put on the affected joints. Orthotics, braces or special shoes may be prescribed. Other treatment options for severe osteoarthritis include injections to help relieve pain and lubricate the joints, as well as surgery.
What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for osteoarthritis treatment? Our doctors’ first priority is to address your concerns and make you feel comfortable. All of our doctors have specialized training and have a great deal of clinical experience so they are able to give you all of the information that you need to help you make an informed decision, understand your options, and be an active part of your treatment plan. Diagnosing osteoarthritis can be done during a physical examination. Imaging tests and lab tests might be conducted so that the doctor can get an idea of what is happening inside your joints. You should be prepared to discuss the level of pain, when pain occurs, and how long you have been experiencing discomfort. Your doctor will also need to know about any other diagnoses you have, your lifestyle, and family history.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have extensive training and clinical experience when it comes to evaluating, diagnosing patients and treating osteoarthritis. Working closely with our doctors is an important part of successful treatment or management of your osteoarthritis symptoms. Our doctors will concentrate on relieving your pain and discomfort and getting you back on your feet.
Don’t live with foot pain or ankle pain another day! Our podiatrists in South Florida and Royal Palm Beach are very experienced in diagnosing and treating osteoarthritis. We accept all major insurance providers. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment.