Arthritis can lay in wait and slowly develop into a debilitating condition due to its ability to damage the cartilage around joints. Our team at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Texas, can provide you quality and precise treatment at one of our following locations: Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849.
There are three types of Arthritis that distress the feet. These are known as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis.
- Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage surrounding the joints wears down, causing inflammation and pain. This form of arthritis slowly develops and becomes more severe as it sets in.
- Rheumatoid arthritis on the other hand is a type of autoimmune disease whereby the immune system damages the lining of the joints. This form of arthritis not only causes inflammation, but ultimately devastates and destroys the joints.
- Post-traumatic arthritis occurs after a severe injury such as a foot fracture. Regardless of the quality of treatment, injured joints are highly likely to develop arthritis because of hormones that are released, causing cartilage to break down. This type of arthritis therefore destroys the cushioning in between the joints.
Those who suffer from arthritis in the foot may experience pain, inflammation and rigidity of the joints. This pain eventually becomes severe and incapacitating because it can cause the joints to become deformed and toes to curl or bend inwards. Actions to take to alleviate this pain include physical therapy, the use of appropriate footwear, soaking your feet in warm water, losing weight and surgery as a last resort. Surgery may include joint fusion, removing a joint and fusing the bones together or joint replacement (utilizing impla11nts and donated cartilage). Due to the long lasting and serious impacts that arthritis can have, please don’t hesitate to contact us right away so that we can determine how far your foot arthritis has developed and provide targeted treatment that will give you the best chance of offsetting future pain.