Arthritis is a common condition that can affect the health and function of the joints in your foot and ankle. If you suffer from symptoms of arthritis, book an appointment with board-certified podiatrist Randy Lowe, DPM, at Park Center Foot and Ankle Clinic. Located in Boise and Meridian, Idaho, Dr. Lowe and his team provide patient-centered care and work with you to find the right treatment for your condition. To speak with Dr. Lowe about your condition, schedule your appointment by phone or online today.
Arthritis is a condition that causes pain, swelling, and dysfunction in your joints. Joints are areas between two or more bones that allow your bones to move and prevent them from rubbing against each other.
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which occurs when the cartilage in your joints begins to break down. Osteoarthritis is often described as a wear-and-tear disease that can occur as a result of age, repetitive stress, or overuse.
Other types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, which is a type of autoimmune disease, and gout, which causes severe pain and swelling of the big toe.
Your symptoms depend on the type and severity of your condition. Some of the most common arthritis symptoms include:
In many cases, arthritis is a degenerative disease that worsens over time. If you experience symptoms, it's important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment can help preserve the health and function of your joints and help you avoid major complications with your mobility.
Age is one of the biggest contributors to arthritis. Your risk for developing osteoarthritis increases as you get older. Factors like obesity and certain jobs or physical activities can increase stress on your joints, which can eventually lead to arthritis.
Genetics can also play a role in your chances of developing arthritis.
If you suffer from pain or stiffness in your foot or ankle, finding the right treatment is key to effectively managing your symptoms. Before recommending treatment, Dr. Lowe performs a thorough examination, including a physical, imaging tests, and review of your medical history.
In some cases, Dr. Lowe may perform lab testing to determine which type of arthritis you have.
After your diagnosis, Dr. Lowe works with you to determine the most effective treatment for your condition. Dr. Lowe may recommend a number of medications like painkillers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or corticosteroids to help manage your symptoms.
Additional treatments may include conservative options like physical therapy or orthotics.
If your condition doesn’t improve with conservative care, Dr. Lowe may recommend surgery to repair your damaged bone and joints.
To find out which treatment is best for you, book an appointment at Park Center Foot and Ankle Clinic by phone or online today.