Arthritis is a group of conditions that cause inflammation of the joints, often resulting in pain and stiffness. There are two major forms of arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Problems can range from mild pain and stiffness, to deformities of the joint and internal organs. Because the feet and ankles bear much of the body’s weight, arthritis in the joints of the ankles and feet can be particularly painful and disabling in some cases.
Treatment such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, steroid injections, ice packing, exercise and physical therapy can be very effective in reducing symptoms and improving mobility. Surgery may be considered after careful evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. Common types of surgery include bone fusion, removal of the synovium, tendon surgery, or joint replacement.
For more information about arthritis of the foot and ankle please call, (918) 494-AOOK (2665).