What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is inflammation in your joints that causes pain and stiffness. It is very common to suffer arthritis in the foot and ankle and it can make walking and performing simple activities challenging. The main types of arthritis that affect feet and ankles are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid and post-traumatic arthritis.
How Can a Podiatrist Help?
After being diagnosed by a rheumatologist, patients will often be referred to a podiatrist to help with managing their pain in the foot and ankle. At Westmed, we work with a team approach and our rheumatologists and podiatrists work closely together to ensure the best possible treatment for arthritis.
A podiatrist can help by examining your gait and examining your shoes for abnormal or uneven wear. You will also be able to do an x-ray to see which parts of your foot or ankle are being affected. After performing thorough testing, your podiatrist will work with you and your rheumatologist to develop a treatment plan which may include a combination lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, assistive devices (such as a brace) and anti-inflammatory medications. Your podiatrist may recommend surgery if the pain causes disability and you don’t experience relief with nonsurgical treatment.