Arthritis, more specifically osteoarthritis, affects nearly 31 million people in the United States, and this number is expected to rise as the population ages. Arthritis can affect any of your joints, and the ones in your feet and ankles are no exceptions. At The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery, Christopher Yardan, DPM, has extensive experience helping his patients in Wallingford, Connecticut, find relief from foot and ankle arthritis. For more about arthritis treatment, please call the office or use the online booking feature.
Arthritis is a catch-all term for a number of diseases that cause inflammation in your joints. When it comes to your feet and ankles, there are three main types of arthritis that are of particular concern:
This wear-and-tear disease develops when the cartilage in your joints begins to break down, allowing your bones to rub together, which causes pain and inflammation.
This form of arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which your body mistakenly attacks the synovial lining in your joints, which leads to pain and inflammation.
If you’ve incurred an injury in your feet or ankles, arthritis can develop in these weakened areas. This condition can develop years after the initial trauma.
The primary symptom that accompanies arthritis is pain, which can come and go with use or remain a constant, aching companion. On top of the pain, you may experience:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, and they’re only getting worse, it’s time for a visit to The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery.
While there’s no cure for arthritis, there’s much that Dr. Yardan can do to alleviate your discomfort and restore mobility. After a thorough evaluation of your problem, including advanced imaging, Dr. Yardan comes up with a treatment plan that best fits your lifestyle, medical situation, and goals.
Dr. Yardan prefers to start conservatively with treatments that include:
If your arthritis persists, Dr. Yardan has had great success using surgery to remedy the effects of arthritis in your feet and ankles. The surgery may be as simple as cleaning your joint and treating the cartilage, or it can progress to more complex treatments including joint replacement, joint diastasis, or joint fusion.
As a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Yardan ensures that you receive the right surgical care for your arthritis.
To find relief from foot and ankle arthritis, call The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery, or use the online scheduling tool.