Osteoarthritis is one of the most common diseases in the world and one of the most debilitating. Another way to express “arthritis” is “joint pain.” Painful joints can occur anywhere in the body – shoulders, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, and feet, to name a few. Joints ache, especially among the 50 and older crowd, because of wear and tear. The protective cartilage at the intersection of two bones wears down over time, and bone scrapes against bone, causing inflammation and pain.
Arthritis pain can diminish your quality of life, and even simple movements can become difficult. Life is challenging when you can’t lift your arm to reach your coffee cup, sit down to read a book for an hour, or maneuver your hips to step into the driver’s seat. But when your feet or ankles kill you when you’re simply walking from one spot to another, you need some medical intervention.
No need to suffer
There are several ways to ease the pain of foot and ankle arthritis:
- prescription medications to reduce inflammation
- custom orthotics
- exercises that strengthen the area around the problem joint or joints
- physical therapy
- braces, pads, or splints that relieve pressure
- steroid injections
- surgery, including total ankle reconstruction
Seek help early
If your joints hurt, don’t wait until you can’t even walk. Treating symptoms early on with the remedies above not only helps ease your pain but doing so can also slow down arthritis’s progress. Early treatment can also help you avoid surgery. Contact board-certified podiatric surgeon Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm, at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center for expert treatment of foot or ankle arthritis. Dr. Wilhelm will examine your feet and help you find solutions that will improve your quality of life. We encourage residents of Fairfax County and the greater D.C. area to call our Centreville office at (703) 996-3000 for an appointment. You may also or contact us online.