Various types of arthritis can cause severe pain and discomfort in the joints, and, since each of your feet has more than thirty joints, they are frequently affected. Joints in the feet and ankles can become stiff, swollen and painful, making it hard to walk or just taking off and putting on your shoes. Developing a comprehensive treatment plan with your foot doctor is an excellent way to mitigate arthritic problems in your feet and ankles.
3 common types of arthritis that can hurt your feet and ankles are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis—This type of arthritis is unique in that your body’s own immune system attacks the cushioning material of the joints, contributing to painful deformities in the hands and feet.
- Osteoarthritis—This type of arthritis is caused by the ravages of time. The constant stress and pounding of the joints in the feet and ankles eventually take a toll as the cartilage breaks down, causing stiffness, pain and swelling.
- Injury-induced arthritis—Injuring your feet and ankles from falling or twisting your ankle causes considerable trauma to the joints. Arthritic conditions are more likely to affect joints that have suffered an injury.
Treating arthritis in the feet and ankles
Many different therapies can help alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by arthritis. Properly-fitted shoes that are comfortable and supportive are essential. Custom orthotic inserts can redistribute pressure away from problem areas and help to isolate foot deformities like hammertoes and bunions. You can also perform regular physical therapy exercises to increase flexibility and strength which will also help to prevent falls.
If you have arthritic foot or ankle issues, contact your podiatrist for the proper care. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.