Foot & Ankle Arthritis

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatry

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Lake Ridge, VA & Stafford, VA

As the leading cause of disability among American adults, roughly 54 million men and women have a confirmed case of arthritis. If you have pain, tenderness, and/or stiffness in your toes or ankles, see how the leading podiatry team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers can help. The team provides innovative foot and ankle arthritis treatments in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia. Book your arthritis exam online or call the office nearest you to speak with a team member.

Foot & Ankle Arthritis Q & A

What causes foot and ankle arthritis?

Arthritis can affect your entire body or just specific joints. In many cases, your hands and feet are prone to arthritic conditions due to overuse and years of wear-and-tear. This condition is known as osteoarthritis. But you can also develop arthritis due to:

  • Autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Sports or personal injuries (post-traumatic arthritis)
  • Serious infection (septic arthritis)

Your kidney functions and diet can play a role in foot and ankle arthritis, too. If you have a diet rich in purines from red meat, seafood, or alcohol, especially when combined with decreased kidney functions, you can develop uric acid crystals in your joints, particularly in your big toe joint. This is known as gouty arthritis, or simply gout.

When should I see a podiatrist for foot and ankle arthritis?

The expert podiatrists at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers encourage you to schedule a foot and ankle arthritis exam at the first sign of arthritis, like a decreased range of motion or joint stiffness. It’s particularly important to book an arthritis evaluation if you experience:

  • Redness or warmth over joints
  • Joint swelling or tenderness
  • Pain while walking

Whether your arthritis symptoms are minor or severe, the skilled podiatry team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers can help.

How is foot and ankle arthritis treated?

Treating foot and ankle arthritis depends on your overall health, the severity of arthritic damage, and your overall symptoms. To better diagnose you, after performing a comprehensive foot and ankle exam, your podiatrist may do  X-rays or ultrasounds — right in the office — so they can determine which treatment would most benefit you.

Your personalized arthritis treatment plan could include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotic shoe inserts
  • Daily stretching exercises
  • Corticosteroid injections or medications
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Biologics like platelet-rich plasma or amniotic injections

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers is home to a team of board-certified foot and ankle surgeons who specialize in total ankle replacement for severe cases of arthritis. With so many foot and ankle arthritis solutions available, you can expect relief from your joint pain symptoms.

Click on the online scheduler to book your foot and ankle arthritis evaluation at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers today. You can also call either office.