Foot and ankle arthritis can make it difficult to walk or stand. If you are suffering from arthritis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Neil Feldman, Dr. Donald Pelto, Dr. Benjamin Saviet or Dr. Samuel Kellner at Central Massachusetts Podiatry in Worcester, Westborough, Hopkinton, Milford, Southborough, MA and region for diagnosis and treatment.
There are many causes for arthritis in the foot and ankle, including trauma (such as a car accident), overuse, poor biomechanics, autoimmune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis), or infection. In most cases, arthritis is caused by the degeneration of the cartilage in the joints.
If you are experiencing foot arthritis symptoms, avoid unsupportive shoes, such as high-heels, and aim for shoes that have arch support and provide increased stability. Stretch Achilles tendons can indirectly contribute to foot arthritis prevention.
Non-surgical options to treat arthritis of the foot and ankle include activity modification, bracing and orthotics, and compression. Corticosteroid injection into the joints of the foot and ankle can be helpful.