When To See A Podiatrist About Ankle Arthritis
Did you know that our feet contain more than 25 percent of the bones in our body? So, it’s not too surprising to discover that feet and ankles are two of the prime spots for arthritis to develop. Unfortunately, the onset of arthritis can leave patients dealing with debilitating ankle and foot pain and stiffness that can lead to permanent damage if not properly managed. This is why it’s critical to see a podiatrist.
Here in Abingdon, MD, our podiatrist Dr. Michael Block treats many patients dealing with osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis to affects the feet and ankles. One of the first signs that someone may be dealing with arthritis is persistent ankle pain.
Unfortunately, osteoarthritis, just like other forms of arthritis, can lead to permanent deterioration and damage to the cartilage in the ankles, which help to cushion bones. As you might imagine, as the cartilage wears away bone begins to grind against bone, leading to that pain, inflammation and limited mobility that you’re currently experiencing. These are all signs that it’s time to see a podiatrist.
Here are some other signs that you could be dealing with arthritis in the foot or ankle,
- Joint tenderness
- Joints that are warm to the touch
- Redness around the ankle
- Trouble moving about your normal routine due to pain and stiffness
If you are concerned about your symptoms, if your joint problems last more than a few days or if you notice several flare-ups in a month, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our podiatric team.
After all, arthritis is a progressive disorder that can lead to irreparable damage if left untreated. Fortunately, Dr. Block and his team can provide medications, physical therapy and other custom treatment options such as prescription orthotics that can help to protect the ankle joints from severe damage.