Foot & Ankle Arthritis

What is foot & ankle arthritis?

Foot and ankle arthritis is a common condition caused by the breakdown of the protective cartilage that cushions the joints. It is a degenerative joint disease that affects the feet and ankles and can cause pain and stiffness.

There are several types of arthritis that affect the foot and ankle: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of foot and ankle arthritis.

How do I know I have foot & ankle arthritis?

Symptoms of arthritis can vary depending on the type of arthritis and the severity, but can include swelling, stiffness, and pain.

Pain may be experienced in the ankle joint itself, or in the joints of the foot. The pain may be felt when walking, standing, or performing any other physical activity. It may be localized to the foot or ankle, or it may spread to other areas of the body.

The pain may be a dull ache, a burning sensation, or sharp and stabbing. Other common symptoms include decreased range of motion, numbness, and tingling in the feet and ankles.


What causes foot & ankle arthritis?

The cause of foot and ankle arthritis also depends on the type of arthritis, but generally is a result of genetics, age, and injury. Genetics is most common, as some people are born with a predisposition to the condition, which means their bodies are unable to repair or protect the cartilage in the joints. This can make them more vulnerable to damage and wear-and-tear, leading to arthritis.Age is another major factor in the development of foot and ankle arthritis. As people get older, the cartilage in the joints becomes weaker and more prone to wear and tear. This can lead to the cartilage breaking down and the bones in the joint rubbing together, causing pain and swelling.

Trauma or injury to the joint, like an ankle sprain, can also cause cartilage in the foot and ankle to break down and the bones to rub together. Repetitive activities, like running or jumping, can put extra stress on the joints, leading to arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition, can lead to foot and ankle arthritis when the immune system attacks the joints, leading to inflammation and damage to the cartilage.

How is foot & ankle arthritis treated?

Treatment for foot and ankle arthritis depends on the type of arthritis and the severity of the condition, but typically focuses on relieving symptoms and preserving joint function. This can be done through a combination of medication, lifestyle modification, and physical therapy. Nonsteroid anti-inflammatory medication, like aspirin and ibuprofen, can be used to help reduce the symptoms of arthritis. For more severe arthritis, corticosteroid injections may be recommended.

Custom-made orthotics help reduce your foot and ankle pain from arthritis; since they are custom-made for each patient, the specific areas of your feet that are most troublesome can be targeted directly to divert pressure away from them. Physical therapy exercises that focus on stretching and strengthening can help improve joint function and reduce pain. If necessary, surgery can help correct any deformities, replace worn-out joints, or fuse bones together in order to reduce pain and improve mobility.

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Dr. Salvatore Gaudino is a miracle worker.  I had problems walking for more than five years, NOT any more.  I went to countless Specialists… One of the luckiest days of my life is when I made an appointment with him!  He is truly amazing.  The great office staff is welcoming.  What a great experience.  Thank you ALL!

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The staff is great, attentive and paperwork is seamlessly handled. Dr Lee is superb, friendly and goes extra steps to resolve the issue whether it’s from foot discomfort or giving insight on products. Lisa is stellar, to the point and promptly processes the  necessary paperwork.

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