Your foot is a complex and important structure made up of muscles, joints, ligaments, and other tissues that support and help maneuver your body in all types of ways, so when you have pain or discomfort, it can disrupt even the smallest movements. Arthritic joint pain is a common and potentially debilitating condition that affects over 50 million people in the United States. Most are older and suffer from overused joints from osteoarthritis, but there are a number of different types of arthritic conditions that can cause the following symptoms.
- Rashes near the joints
These symptoms can be caused by the disintegration of cartilage between the bones that occurs for people with osteoarthritis, which results in bones grinding against each other. It can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, which is a severe chronic inflammatory condition that leads to the body attacking its own joints and causing inflammation.
A podiatrist can help treat arthritis by recommending the following:
- Hot and cold therapies
- Orthotics to relieve pressure
- Physical therapy
- Maintaining a healthy weight
For rheumatoid arthritis, it is recommended to work closely with a rheumatologist for the proper medications that can counteract the inflammation.
For the most effective treatment, early intervention is important to prevent further joint damage. It is best to consult with an experienced foot care specialist like Dr. Gabriel Maislos of Houston Foot & Ankle Care, who can assess your condition and work with you to come up with the best treatment plan. Dr. Maislos is a compassionate board-certified podiatrist who treats all types of podiatric conditions, including heel pain, tarsal tunnel syndrome,, ankle injuries, nail fungus, diabetic foot problems, and Achilles tendinitis. Whatever your condition, Dr. Maislos and his staff are dedicated to helping your feet recover and feel healthy! For questions or for an appointment, please contact us or call (713) 541-3199 today!