Foot & Ankle Arthritis
Arthritis can do more than cause pain and discomfort in your joints. It can sap your energy, decrease your motivation, and make daily life more of a struggle than it needs to be.
The effects of arthritis in the feet and ankles can be particularly debilitating, and can interfere with the mere processes of standing and walking. A reluctance or inability to move can have not only wide-ranging negative effects on our physical health, but our mental health as well.
When we address arthritis in this area, our goals are to maintain a patient’s mobility and keep their movement as comfortable as possible. Whether these suggested treatments are conservative or surgical will depend upon the overall health, lifestyle and needs of each patient, but we do encourage conservative methods whenever possible.
First, however, we must always determine what kind of arthritis we are dealing with.
Treating and Managing Arthritis
Before we can begin treatment, we must determine the type and extent of arthritis that is causing you problems. We will conduct a full examination, and will likely ask questions about your history, including:
- When the pain started.
- Whether the pain is continuous or “off and on.”
- When pain and stiffness are the worst.
- Whether your family has a history of arthritis.
- Whether you have had any injuries to your foot or ankle in the past.
We may also examine your gait (how you walk) and how weight is being distributed across your feet. Additional data such as x-rays and blood tests may also be requested.
Depending on the diagnosis, we may recommend one or more forms of conservative treatment for managing pain and increasing mobility. These may include the use of custom-made orthotics to redistribute forces away from painful areas, as well as physical therapy and exercise to reduce pain and increase stability around an affected joint.
Pain relief measures such as occasional corticosteroid injections might also be suggested. In the case of gout, dietary changes will most likely be recommended to reduce the buildup of uric acid in the body.
If conservative methods have not worked as needed, surgery might then be considered an option. If it is, we will be sure to fully explain the pros and cons of a procedure with you to ensure decisions can be made with full information.
If you are suffering from arthritis pain, don’t wait any longer to receive the help you deserve. Schedule an appointment with our Eugene office by calling (541) 683-3351 or fill out our online contact form below.
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