Foot and Ankle Arthritis
A joint is defined as any point where two bones meet. Cartilage is a cushions and allows for smooth environment for the bones to move. When cartilage between the bones of a joint wears away and bones begin rubbing against each other, that joint is considered arthritic. In the foot alone there is 28 bones and 30 joints that work in concert to allow you to perform everyday activities.
While there are hundreds of types of arthritis, the most common is osteoarthritis which comes from the normal wear and tear from years of use. Symptoms of an arthritic joint include pain, swelling, clicking, grinding and a limited range of motion. The severity of arthritis symptoms typically escalates over time, as the bones of an affected joint develop spurs.
While there’s no cure for arthritis, the specialists at Summit Orthopedics provide a range of treatment options, based on your affected joint and the severity of your symptoms. At Summit we always want to start whenever possible with conservative, non-surgical treatment plans. Together, you and your foot and ankle specialist will discuss options.
Conservative, non-surgical treatment options:
- Activity modification
- Joint fluid therapy
- Steroid injections
Surgical treatment options:
- Total joint replacement
Summit foot and ankle expert Michael Anderson, D.O., explains the most common, treatable causes of foot pain in this two-part article series.