Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Fort Worth and Weatherford, TX
Arthritis means inflammation of the joints, and there are many types of arthritis. Common types that affect the feet and ankles include:
Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is the connective tissue that cushions the bones that make up the joints, allowing for ease of movement. Cartilage loss hinders movement, causing pain, inflammation, and stiffness.
OA is the most common type of arthritis.
Gout is a metabolic form of arthritis that develops when there’s too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is a byproduct of purines, a natural substance made in your body and found in food.
The excess uric acid in your blood crystallizes and settles in the joints in the lower extremities, most often affecting the joint in the big toe.
RA is an autoimmune condition where your immune system attacks the joints, causing inflammation. RA may affect any joint, but it most often starts in the smaller joints like those in the feet or ankles.
Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis common in people with psoriasis. This condition causes joint inflammation and pain that may affect the joints in your feet or ankles.
You may develop arthritis in the feet or ankles if you have an arthritis condition, such as RA, gout, or psoriatic arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs from the general wear-and-tear of aging.
However, injuries or foot conditions may increase your risk of developing OA in your feet or ankles. For example, OA in the big toe may occur if you previously kicked or jammed the toe. A fracture in the midfoot is also a common cause of arthritis.
Having flat feet or high arches may also increase your risk of OA.
Whatever the cause of your arthritis, the team at Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists can provide care to ease your pain and improve your mobility. They offer conservative and surgical options.
Nonsurgical treatments include:
The team also offers advanced surgery for fusion procedures of the first metatarsal joint (big toe), midfoot joints, rearfoot joints, and ankle joint.
They also perform joint-sparing procedures including cheilectomy (removal of bone spurs from the big toe), exostectomy (removal of joints that stick out — bunions), and total joint replacement.
The team at Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists offers advanced treatments to relieve arthritis and restore movement.
For management of your arthritis, call Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists, or schedule an appointment online today.