Each of your feet contains 30 joints, not to mention the large joint that’s your ankle. This means there’s ample opportunity for foot and ankle arthritis. At Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Melissa L. Gulosh, DPM, and Joseph R. Disabato, DPM, are well adept at helping their patients in Charlottesville and Culpeper, Virginia, find solutions to combat the pain and limitations of foot and ankle arthritis. To learn more, call one of the two locations or use the online scheduling button to set up an appointment.
The term “arthritis” is actually a catchall word for a host of inflammatory diseases that affect the joints in your body. When it comes to your feet and ankles, the most common types of arthritis include:
Far and away the most prevalent form of arthritis, osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease caused by wear-and-tear. A key component in the smooth function of all of your joints is cartilage. This slippery substance found on the ends of your bones allows them to glide across each other easily. With osteoarthritis, your cartilage begins to break down.
This form of arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which your body attacks your synovium, the tissue that protects and lubricates your joints.
If you’ve fractured a bone in your foot and ankle, your chances for developing post-traumatic arthritis increase considerably. In this form of the disease, much like osteoarthritis, your cartilage wears away.
No matter which form of arthritis you may be experiencing, the symptoms are often the same and include:
The pain may come and go and can be brought on by vigorous activity, as well as periods of inactivity. For obvious reasons, arthritis in your feet and ankles can also greatly affect your mobility.
The first thing your doctor at Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates does is zero in on the exact cause of your joint pain. By determining which form of arthritis you have, the doctor is able to find the best treatment plan for your unique situation, which may include:
The doctors also offer a laser therapy called multiwave locked system (MLS) therapy, which reduces inflammation using specific wavelengths of light that promote soft tissue repair and regeneration, as well as reduce swelling.
If you’d like to learn more about managing your foot and ankle arthritis, call Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates to schedule an appointment at one of their two locations. Or use the online scheduling button.