Traumatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that develops after an injury. It is similar to osteoarthritis in that it is a result of ‘wear and tear’ on the joints. However, instead of joint damage happening over a period of years, it happens as a result of an injury or incident. The leading cause of traumatic arthritis is a fracture. Even if the fracture or injury is treated and heals, that joint is seven times more likely to develop arthritis.
Traumatic arthritis symptoms include pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints. Treatment for traumatic arthritis involves a combination of pain relief, reducing swelling and lifestyle changes that can help prevent the progression of arthritic joint damage. Don’t live with arthritic foot pain or ankle pain another day! Our South Florida and Belle Glade podiatrists are very experienced in diagnosing and treating this condition. We accept all major insurance providers. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment.
What is Traumatic Arthritis?
When arthritis develops after an injury in the same area where the trauma occurred, that is called traumatic arthritis. Traumatic arthritis is similar to osteoarthritis in that it is a result or overuse or repetitive use of a joint. Patients that have had a fracture or other injury that affected a joint are much more likely to develop arthritis in that joint.
Symptoms of Traumatic Arthritis
Traumatic arthritis symptoms include localized pain and swelling. Stiffness is also reported as well as limited motion. The discomfort is often severe enough to limit your mobility and will often sideline you from participating in your regular sports or exercise routine.
Treatments for Traumatic Arthritis
Treatment for traumatic arthritis is similar to treatment for other types of arthritis and include medications that reduce pain and swelling. There are also prescription medications that can help lubricate the joints and stop the progression. Your doctor might also recommend orthotics, shoe inserts, or a cane to help mitigate the stress and pressure that is put on your foot or ankle. If symptoms still persist then surgery is an option to repair the damage and relive the pain, swelling, and stiffness associated with this condition.
Diagnosing Traumatic Arthritis
What should you expect when visiting South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for traumatic arthritis treatment? There is no need to worry about visiting a podiatrist. Our goal is to relieve your pain and get you back on your feet in good health. Diagnosing traumatic arthritis can involve examining the foot and taking a look at your medical history to see if a prior injury could be causing this condition. Usually imaging tests will be ordered so that the doctor can get a better idea of what is happening inside your joints. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different kinds of problems that affect the feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet, ankles, and knees.