Arthritis is a slow forming condition that can affect many areas of the body. When it targets the foot and ankle, many complications can occur. Our team at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Texas, will do their best to treat this condition at any 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.
Arthritis causes pain in feet and ankles as time goes by. If not timely treated, aching pain can turn into severe pain that hinders normal activities such as walking. This condition breaks down the movement of joints and wears down the cartilage, causing swelling of the joints. Severe arthritis can cause pain in the foot that is felt throughout the day. However, this condition should be reduced early on so that it stops from forming. When not treated properly, inflammation generates the degradation of cartilage, the end results of which can be stark since without cartilage, bones rub against each other without any padding. Arthritis in the ankle is generally a chronic condition, the most common of which type is called “Osteoarthritis” and usually happens with older age because inflammation of the joints over long periods of time cause many problems with cartilage.
Treatment can be in the form of anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling, medications such as pain killers to relieve pain, orthotics to redistribute pressure away from the areas of the foot most prone to developing this condition, specifically made shoes that have a relaxed fit and allow for inflamed feet to be free from friction, padding to soften impact on feet, braces, physical therapy and loss of weight to help reduce the excessive burden placed on injured joints.
When the above is not successful in preventing the effects of arthritis in the foot or ankle, surgery may be required to fuse or replace joints that are most affected by this condition. To prevent the complications and pain that arthritis may bring, please contact us to start receiving state of the art treatment now!