Do you wake up in the morning and have to give your legs and feet a little extra time to get moving? Do you sometimes experience pain and swelling in your legs and ankles? If so, you may be suffering from arthritis in your feet or legs. Arthritis literally means “pain within a joint.” Inflamed and swollen cartilage, fluid buildup in the joints, and pain that can be disabling are all symptoms of arthritis. Your feet and ankles are especially susceptible to arthritis, because they bear the weight of your entire body.
Types of Arthritis
There are several types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in your joints degenerates and becomes worn and thin due to daily wear and tear. As a result, your joints may become inflamed, swollen, and painful. Rheumatoid arthritis is a system-wide disease in which your immune system attacks and destroys the cartilage in your joints. Finally, if you have had an injury to a joint, you may develop post-traumatic arthritis in the area of your injury.
When you visit your physician for diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, he or she will be able to determine the best course of treatment. Some of the possible treatment options include anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling, pain relievers, physical therapy, and inserts or pads to support your ankles, arches, or foot. Other treatment options may include weight control, nutritional supplements, canes or braces, and steroid injections into the arthritic joint.
If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or stiffness in your ankles or feet, call Dr. Betman today to schedule an appointment. From arthritis of the foot and ankle to tendonitis and fractures and plantar fasciitis, we are here to provide the best foot and ankle care possible. Call us today at 773-745-1919 to learn more and schedule your appointment today.