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What is Foot Arthritis?
By Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels
July 28, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Arthritis  

You don't have to let foot arthritis keep you from enjoying life.

Pain and stiffness in the feet and ankles, difficulty walking - does this all sound familiar? All of these could be symptoms of arthritis, especially if you're over the age of 60. Dr. Brandon James and Dr. Sarah James, your podiatrists in New Braunfels, TX, treat many of Foot Arthritistheir patients at Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels for the discomfort and limitations associated with foot arthritis. Learn more about this condition here.

What is arthritis?

There are several different forms of arthritis, but the one most commonly seen by your New Braunfels podiatrist is osteoarthritis, which is caused by the deterioration of cartilage, the cushioning tissue between the joints. As cartilage begins to wear, pain, swelling and inflammation develop, making regular activities uncomfortable. Left untreated, arthritis of the foot can cause deformities and difficulty standing and walking.

How is foot arthritis treated?

At Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, your podiatrist's main goal is to relieve pain associated with arthritis and keep you on your feet. A combination of anti-inflammatory medication, custom orthotics (shoe inserts) and physical therapy is generally how arthritis is managed immediately following diagnosis. Some patients will need to follow a weight-loss and exercise program if their arthritis has been exacerbated by obesity. If these methods fail to bring relief, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. A variety of surgeries are utilized in the treatment of arthritis; they can include cleaning of the joint, restriction of the movement that causes pain, or joint replacement.

Foot arthritis can be debilitating. The podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, TX are committed to helping each of their patients develop a treatment plan that brings results. If you think you may be dealing with foot arthritis, contact our office and ask to set up an appointment with Dr. Brandon James or Dr. Sarah James today!

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