Arthritis can develop in various joints, including those in the feet and ankles. If you’re living with arthritis, Rolando Cadena, DPM, and Clair Cadena Miranda, DPM, offer effective treatments at Mesilla Valley Footcare in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Dr. Cadena and Dr. Miranda are experienced podiatrists who provide customized care and cutting-edge treatments for foot pain related to arthritis. Call the practice today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cadena or Dr. Miranda or request a consultation on the website.
Arthritis is a term that encompasses over 100 conditions that affect the joints throughout the body. Different forms of arthritis exist, including inflammatory arthritis and degenerative arthritis.
Although arthritis can affect just about any joint, the feet and ankles are highly susceptible due to constant use. It’s a prevalent condition, affecting more than 40 million people, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Foot and ankle arthritis leads to swelling and pain in the cartilage and the lining inside the joint. It’s often painful and may lead to disability and lack of mobility, especially in older adults.
Osteoarthritis is a common form of degenerative arthritis. In contrast, rheumatoid arthritis is a leading cause of inflammatory arthritis in the foot and ankle joints.
The signs and symptoms of arthritis vary based on the location of the disease and its severity. Recurring pain is one sign of arthritis, especially if it happens around a joint.
Swelling and inflammation around the foot and ankle joints is another common symptom. The swelling may worsen first thing in the morning or after sitting for extended periods. Other signs of arthritis include:
The pain associated with arthritis may worsen when you first get out of bed and may get better with movement. Other forms of arthritis cause pain that worsens with activity and feels better at rest.
The Mesilla Valley Footcare team develops a treatment plan for arthritis based on your symptoms and the location of the disease. They perform on-site digital X-rays and evaluate your feet and ankles to determine the best treatment for your needs.
Conservative treatment is helpful for mild-to-moderate forms of arthritis in the feet and ankles. Dr. Cadena and Dr. Miranda offer physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and orthotics to help control inflammation and pain.
Lifestyle modifications are also helpful in treating arthritis. Ice, heat, and moderate physical activity help keep the joints moving while improving pain and increasing mobility.
Surgery is often the last resort for arthritis due to its invasive nature. You may require surgery if conservative treatments haven’t provided significant relief or you have advanced arthritis that affects daily activities.
Call Mesilla Valley Footcare today to schedule an arthritis appointment or request a consultation with one of the providers on the website.