Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joints. Common symptoms across all types of arthritis include pain, swelling, and stiffness of the affected joints. There is no cure for arthritis so treatment options focus on relieving symptoms and preventing the disease from progressing. South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers’ doctors treat patients with a variety of different types of arthritis that affect the ankles and feet.
If you think you might have arthritis in your feet or ankles, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Our Palm Beach Gardens podiatrists will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan for arthritis with you. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or click here to request an appointment.
Osteoarthritis is a common type of arthritis where the cartilage that protects the joints breaks down as a result of constant use. It is also called degenerative joint disease but is also referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis. As the disease progresses the bones can start to rub together without the protection of the cartilage that cannot grow back or be replaced once it is worn down.
Rheumatoid arthritis is both an autoimmune disorder and a chronic inflammatory disorder. The immune system’s function is to protect you from viruses and bacteria infections. When a patient has rheumatoid arthritis, their immune system is abnormal and it attacks the lining of their joints. This causes the chronic inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis often begins by affecting the smaller joints, like the fingers and toes, but can move into other joints as it progresses. The symptoms are much the same as with other types of arthritis, such as pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. However, with Rheumatoid arthritis, patients can experience flare-ups. Rheumatoid arthritis treatment can include the same types of treatment for other forms of arthritis but also include a combination of different prescription medicines and other drugs that can slow progression of rheumatoid arthritis as well as aide in in helping your immune system find balance. Each patient reacts differently to these medications, so our doctors work with you to find the right combination for you to treat arthritis in toes and other joints.
Gout is the result of having too much uric acid in the blood. It is different than other types of arthritis because there is a direct cause of this arthritis and it disappears after treatment. Too much uric acid in the blood can be caused by improper diet, excessive alcohol usage, or a side effect of certain medications. The uric acid build-up causes urate crystals to form in the joint and most commonly affects the joint in the big toe. Gout is characterized by polarizing pain in the joint. Patients often feel like their joint is on fire because the burning and pain and inflammation. Once the uric acid condition is resolved, the pain will subside and then treatment focuses on preventing the excess uric acid in the blood. In most cases, the patient will not have to deal with arthritis in the big toe or the affected joint(s) long term if the uric acid is controlled.
Traumatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that results from an injury. A fracture or other type of injury near a joint has a very high probability of causing arthritis. Traumatic arthritis presents itself similarly to osteoarthritis in that there is wear and tear on the cartilage that protects the joints. Even after the injury heals, patients still will have arthritis to deal with, so traumatic arthritis treatment includes medications to lubricate the joints and halt the progression of the disease.
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Don’t live with arthritis foot pain or ankle pain another day! Our Palm Beach Gardens podiatrists are very experienced in diagnosing and treating arthritis of the feet. We accept all major insurance providers. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment or complete form below.