Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Treatment in Eugene
Osteoarthritis (aka degenerative joint disease) may affect the feet of as many as one in six people over the age of 50. Millions more suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, which can also cause severe pain in the feet. Although osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are similar, the cause of the pain differs. That also means that treatments for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis may vary.
What Is the Difference between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Arthritis refers to inflammation in one or more joints. All types of arthritis lead to symptoms, including joint stiffness and pain. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis often manifest in pain in the feet and ankle joints. Osteoarthritis is most often associated with wear and tear on the cartilage in the joints due to age, repetitive motions, or overuse. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is a form of autoimmune arthritis caused by the immune system attacking the tissues surrounding joints.
Osteoarthritis Treatment of the Foot and Ankle
Unfortunately, there is no cure for osteoarthritis. However, there are many choices for osteoarthritis treatment. These may include:
- Assistive devices (orthotics)
- Minimizing activities that worsen pain (moved lower to deemphasize)
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Surgery (cartilage removal, fusion surgery, joint replacement surgery)
- Transitioning from high-impact exercises to low-impact exercises
- Minimizing activities that worsen pain
- Weight loss if overweight
Treatments for Foot Pain Caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis
Pain in the foot or ankle caused by rheumatoid arthritis will require your podiatrist to work collaboratively with your rheumatologist. In addition to any medications you’re prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, your podiatrist can help alleviate pain using a variety of treatments such as:
- Steroid injections
- Custom orthotics
- Splinting or bracing
- Physical therapy
- Surgery to remove inflamed tissue, fuse bones, or remove damaged cartilage
Other lifestyle changes may help alleviate pain, including taking a hot bath, reducing stress, quitting smoking, and getting foot massages.
Get Help with Foot and Ankle Arthritis
Eugene Foot and Ankle Health Center provides rheumatoid and osteoarthritis treatment for pain in the foot or ankle. To schedule an appointment, call 541-683-3351 or request an appointment online.
Monday............ 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday............ 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday............ 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday............ 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday............ 8:00am - 4:00pm (Only available on phones)
Closed for lunch from 12pm - 1pm and closed until 1:30pm on Tuesdays