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  • 595 N. Dobson, Suite D-71
    Chandler, AZ 85224
  • Phone: 480-963-9000
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Gilbert Office

  • 2680 S Val Vista Drive
    Gilbert, AZ 85295
  • Phone: 480-981-1800
  • Fax: 480-981-0229
  • Toll Free: 877-866-2417
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  • Suite #177, Building #14
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Arthritis

Can you think of another name for joint pain? If you guessed arthritis, you're correct! This form of pain in the joint is also the leading cause of disability in the United States. Though there is no known cure, your podiatrists from Advanced Foot & Ankle Associates offer several treatment options to relieve any pain and discomfort.

The quickest way to mitigate this condition is to seek medical care at the first sign of foot or ankle pain. Podiatric intervention should begin as soon as possible. If joint pain is keeping you from doing what you love, treatment will help you stay active, manage pain, and get back to your healthy lifestyle.

What Are the Different Types of Arthritis?

Though the idea of pain in the joint may be a broad term, there are three specific types that can affect the feet and ankles.

  • Osteoarthritis is found most commonly in middle-aged individuals. It is often referred to as "wear and tear" arthritis because as we age, the smooth surfaces that coat the cartilage of our bones become frayed and worn. Symptoms of this form include inflammation, swelling, and pain in the affected joint.
    Many factors contribute to an individual's risk for developing osteoarthritis, but age is the biggest culprit. The body's natural ability to heal itself decreases with age, which makes it difficult for cartilage to regenerate. Other individuals who are more at risk are those who have a family history of osteoarthritis and those who are overweight.

  • Post-traumatic arthritis develops after injury to the feet or ankles. It may take years to see the effects, as this type of arthritic development takes place long after a ligament injury, fracture, or severe sprain.
    Fractures and dislocations are the most common cause of post-traumatic arthritis. Injured joints are seven times more likely to fall prey to this condition than non-injured limbs, even with proper treatment at the initial peak of damage. This is because following an injury the body actually produces a hormone that stimulates the death of cartilage cells.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis is classified as an inflammatory disease. Unlike osteoarthritis which develops naturally with age, Rheumatoid arthritis works by way of the immune system. It attacks the cartilage and destroys it. This type of joint pain has no known causes. In most patients, they have procured a trigger such as an infection or have been exposed to something in the environment that activates the immune system. Once the immune system becomes exposed to these triggers it commences the production of attack cells.

 

What Are The Symptoms?

The signs and symptoms of each form of this disease vary from person to person. Depending on the joint that is being affected, symptoms can range from:

  • Lack or decrease in range of motion

  • Pain

  • Stiffness

  • Swelling

  • Tenderness

  • Trouble walking

How Is It Treated?

  • Each variation of joint pain can be treated either conservatively or surgically. Conservative and non-surgical treatments include:
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

  • Braces or canes

  • Exercise or physical therapy

  • Orthotics or shoes inserts

  • Steroid Injections

  • Weight management

If attempts to relieve your symptoms conservatively are unsuccessful, Drs. David Laurino or Antonio Su may recommend surgery. Depending on the form of arthritis in your feet or ankles, you may undergo one of the following procedures: arthroscopic debridement, arthrodesis, fusion and arthroplasty, or joint replacement. In some patients, more than one of these surgeries is needed to correct the problem.

Don't let arthritis debilitate you. The Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona encourage you to make an appointment online by calling our Chandler office: (480) 963-9000 or our Gilbert office: (480) 981-1800. We can be reached by fax: (480) 963-0375 for Chandler and (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert. Appointments can also be made by booking online! Don't spend another moment in pain. 

Dr. Antonius Su
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