Arthritis & Foot Pain
Arthritis is a progressive disabling disease that affects millions of people world wide. It is characterized by inflammation throughout many of the body’s joints. Symptoms can include severe pain and swelling, redness, and limitation of motion in one or more joints. Morning stiffness and enlargement of joints are commonplace.
The more usual forms of arthritis seen in the foot are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gouty arthritis. Other types of arthritis are less commonplace and have specific systemic origins. It is customary that Blood tests and x-rays are used to help determine the diagnosis to help with reduction of symptoms and treatment.
- Trauma to a joint or repeated action such as running
- Age related osteoarthritic symptoms
- Viral or bacterial infections
- Systemic disease
- Heredity plays a large role in rhumatoid arthritis
- exercise to maintain joint movement
- massage or physio therapy
Use ice and anti-inflamatories such as ibuprofen to decrease inflammation
Wear sturdy shoes with good support and orthotics to prevent further breakdown of joints
- eat a well balanced diet
Medical Support And Treatment
An evaluation using X-ray, MRI, bone scan and blood work can help properly identify the arthritic condition and lead to the appropriate treatment
Medications reducing inflammation and reduction of byproducts greatly assists the patient on a day to day level
Shoe orthotic and braces to decrease joint degeneration
Surgical intervention is frequently used to remodel or remove arthritic bone. In some cases Fusion or Joint implants are used to eliminate or replace degenerative
As a general rule, Arthritis Foot and Pain procedures are performed on an out-patient basis in an Alberta Health Services (AHS) approved Surgical Center or in a Hospital. Surgical procedural costs are covered by AHS or the patient may opt for private surgery to avoid a waiting time. A visit to Feldman & Leavitt Foot And Ankle Specialists will CLEARLY define all available patient options.