Arthritis

Family Foot and Ankle Clinic, LLC

Podiatrists located in Weston, Merrill, Marathon, Antigo, & Woodruff, WI

Arthritis affects more than 50 million people in the United States, making it a very common condition. While these numbers may provide some comfort in knowing you’re not alone, they do little to help you with your own joint issues. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC, Dr. Joel Tikalsky helps his patients in Weston, Wisconsin, overcome the limiting effects that arthritis can have on their ability to move without stiffness or pain. If you’d like to put a little spring back in your step, call or use the online scheduling tool to learn more.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a catchall term for more than 100 different types of joint disease that can wreak havoc on every joint in your body, including those in your feet and ankles. There are many different forms of arthritis, including:

  • Osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative disease caused by wear and tear
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disorder that attacks your joints
  • Psoriatic arthritis, which can affect people who have the skin condition psoriasis
  • Gout, which causes sudden bouts of inflammation and pain in your feet and ankles because of uric acid buildup

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it represents the most common types of arthritis that can affect your feet and ankles.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in the feet or ankles?

No matter what type of arthritis you suffer from, the most common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Heat
  • Stiffness

In most cases of arthritis, these symptoms come on gradually and progressively get worse. But, in the case of gout, the attacks are more severe and sudden because the uric acid buildup forms sharp crystals in your joints that can interfere with the function of your joint.

These symptoms rarely resolve themselves on their own because arthritis is degenerative, meaning it gets worse over time. This means a visit to a clinic like Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC is the best solution to treat your arthritis.

How is arthritis treated?

The first thing to note is that there is no cure for arthritis, no matter what type of the disease you have. That said, there’s a lot that Dr. Tikalsky can do to help you manage the disease and even slow down its progression.

To start, Dr. Tikalsky turns to:

  • Bracing
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics

If your arthritis is advanced and severely limiting your mobility, Dr. Tikalsky may turn to an arthroscopic procedure called a debridement, in which he clears out spurs or other debris that’s hampering the function of your joint. He may also turn to a fusion procedure, which fuses the bones in your joint together.

To determine which course of action is best for your foot and ankle arthritis, call Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.