It’s important to understand that the right pair of shoes can give your feet well-needed relief and help with managing feet in a way that combats arthritis.
Arthritis is a slow forming condition that can affect many areas of the body.
Hammertoes involve joint changes in the toes because of an unusual arrangement of toe muscles which causes increasing pressures on the tendons and joints.
Factors increasing the likelihood of developing foot arthritis include genetics since it plays a large role in determining whether this condition occurs and being obese since extra body weight can cause abnormal amounts of pressure on joints.
In many ways, arthritis is a normal part of aging, and although it cannot be reversed, that does not mean that it cannot be treated.
Gout is a unique type of arthritis that is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the joints.
In an effort to clear up some confusion about “named” foot and ankle conditions, here are some common examples:
Ankle surgery is a medical procedure that aims to restore normal ankle functioning when more conservative treatments prove ineffective. Ankle injuries can result to severe bone damage requiring surgery to fuse the bones together or for replacing the ankle joint.
Consult a podiatrist or foot specialist if you feel that you are suffering from a foot disorder. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering from ankle and foot disorders.
This condition is characterized by the development of bony lumps at the base of the big toe and at the side of your feet. Bunions causes the big toe joint to bend towards the other toes. Thus giving your feet a deformed appearance. Unchecked, this can cause severe and chronic pain which could only be corrected by surgery. Foot surgery can be performed in under an hour. During the recovery period, the patient is required to wear a surgical shoe to facilitate the healing process.
This type of arthritis is commonly caused by weak bones or osteoarthritis. People suffering from ankle arthritis have thin cartilages and thick bones underneath. The condition can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis or if the ankle was previously injured.
Morton’s Neuroma is a painful foot condition caused by an inflamed nerve that runs between two adjacent toes. It usually manifests between the third and fourth toes. Surgery is recommended for removing the painful nerve. Treatment can be done in as little as a day.
Tibialis Posterior Dysfunction
The tibialis posterior muscle is responsible for supporting the shape of the instep arch. The problem occurs when the tendon connecting the tibialis posterior to the bone becomes inflamed. This can lead to pain and swelling in the area. If left untreated, the tendon weakens which leads to the appearance of a flat foot. Surgery is recommended for repairing the instep arch.
Achilles tendon conditions
The Achilles tendon is the body’s largest tendon. And it is constantly exposed to a lot of pressure from the lower legs during movement. Like all things, aging can weaken the tendon. It can become inflamed and painful. Surgery can be performed to correct this condition. Non-invasive treatments are usually employed for treatment but surgery is also a treatment option.
At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people find relief from chronic foot pain and foot disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114