Arthritic Foot and Ankle Care
By Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic
January 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: arthritis  

How your foot and ankle specialist serving Wilmette and North Shore can help you

Arthritis is a painful, often debilitating disease affecting your joints. It can dramatically affect your feet and ankles and your ability to walk atrhitiswithout discomfort. There are some effective therapies you can do at home to get relief from painful symptoms, and there are also professional treatments to help with foot and ankle arthritis. Dr. Gary Rogers at Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic serving Wilmette and North Shore, IL wants to help you get back on your feet.

There are three types of arthritis which can affect the feet and ankles:

  • Osteoarthritis, which can be caused from general wear-and-tear among older people; osteoarthritis causes cartilage to wear away, creating an uncomfortable bone-on-bone condition when you move.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune condition and can affect people of any age; rheumatoid arthritis causes your immune cells to attack ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bone, resulting in deformed joints.
  • Posttraumatic arthritis, which develops after trauma to your foot or ankle such as broken or dislocated bones; posttraumatic arthritis also causes cartilage to wear away, leaving a bone-on-bone condition.

There are some changes in lifestyle you can do to help relieve the pain of foot and ankle arthritis. Remember to:

  • Avoid activities that aggravate your arthritis pain
  • Replace high-impact activities with low-impact activities
  • Maintain a healthy weight to reduce joint stress
  • Take over-the-counter medications to reduce swelling and pain; good choices are ibuprofen and naproxen

Moderate to severe arthritis in your feet and ankles should be treated by a podiatrist like Dr. Rogers. He has several treatments to help relieve arthritis pain, including:

  • Physical therapy to increase motion and strengthen muscles
  • Custom-made orthotics to help with walking and relieve pain
  • Custom-made supportive footwear, canes or braces
  • Prescription strength pain and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Cortisone injections into the affected joints

In some cases of severe arthritis, surgery may be indicated. Some common surgeries effective for treatment of foot and ankle arthritis are arthroscopic debridement of the joint, joint fusion or joint replacement.

If you have arthritis, you don’t have to suffer alone. Help is just a phone call away! For relief from painful symptoms call Dr. Gary Rogers at Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic serving Wilmette and North Shore, IL. Call today and feel better tomorrow!