Arthritis is a common condition affecting your joints' health and function. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona, Alex Stewart, DPM, and Antonius Su, DPM, offer various treatments to help manage your arthritis symptoms and get you back to your everyday routines. Located in Chandler, Arizona, the practice is led by a team of podiatric specialists who provide exceptional and compassionate patient care. To speak with a podiatrist about your arthritis, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Arthritis is a widespread condition that affects an estimated 24% of adults in the United States.
Arthritis refers to several conditions that cause joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. Two of the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Most people with arthritis suffer from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis refers to wear-and-tear that breaks down the cartilage in your joints. Cartilage is a firm tissue that cushions the ends of your bones and allows your joints to move easily.
Osteoarthritis typically develops gradually over time. As the cartilage continues to break down, your bones can begin to rub against each other.
Several factors can contribute to the wear-and-tear on your joints, including:
Osteoarthritis is most common among people over the age of 50. Issues like obesity or certain repetitive activities can increase stress on your joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to attack your joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes painful symptoms and dysfunction in your joints. Although rheumatoid arthritis can affect any joints throughout your body, it commonly affects the joints in the feet.
Other types of arthritis include gout, reactive arthritis, and septic arthritis.
Symptoms of arthritis include:
Without treatment, arthritis can majorly impact your mobility and overall quality of life. The Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona team can determine the best way to treat your condition if you notice symptoms.
Treatment depends on the type and severity of your arthritis. Before recommending treatment, the Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona team performs an in-depth examination, including a physical exam and a medical history review. Sometimes, your podiatrist may conduct additional tests like an X-ray, ultrasound, or blood test.
After your examination, your podiatrist works with you to develop an effective treatment plan. Depending on your condition, your treatment plan may include:
In severe cases, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to repair or replace a damaged joint.
To find out which treatment is proper for your arthritis, call Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona or book an appointment online today.