Up to 90% of people with arthritis develop foot or ankle pain, affecting their mobility and quality of life. At Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute in American Fork and Saratoga Springs, Utah, the team of experienced podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons specializes in diagnosing and treating arthritis using a conservative and evidence-based approach. They can make personalized care recommendations to relieve inflammation, improve your range of motion, and help you return to your favorite activities. Call the nearest Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute office today to schedule arthritis treatment, or book your appointment online.
Arthritis is a blanket term for dozens of diseases that cause joint inflammation and swelling. Many of these diseases affect the feet and ankles, but three are particularly common:
This type of arthritis causes your cartilage to break down due to general wear-and-tear. Cartilage is a rubbery substance that helps cushion your joints. As it degenerates, your bones begin to rub against each other, causing stiffness, swelling, and pain.
This type of arthritis causes your immune system to attack the synovium –– a tissue that lines your joints. Over time, this results in painful joint swelling, bone erosion, and mobility problems.
Gout is a type of arthritis that commonly affects men. It occurs when uric acid crystals build up in your bloodstream. Uric acid crystals are sharp and spiky and often build up in the joints of the feet and toes. Gout often causes big toe swelling, redness, and increased sensitivity to touch.
Your Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including what the pain feels like, where it occurs, and if it’s worse during certain activities, like work or exercise.
Next, they examine your foot and ankle, checking for bruising, redness, and swelling. Your provider tests your reflexes and range of motion and then conducts a gait analysis. A gait analysis measures your stride and assesses the way you walk.
Last, your provider orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays or an MRI. These procedures capture photos of your joints, bones, and surrounding tissues allowing your provider to assess the severity of the damage.
The Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute team treats foot and ankle arthritis using a conservative and evidence-based approach. They might suggest:
If your pain continues or worsens, you might benefit from orthopedic surgery. The team offers minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery as well as open procedures, like total joint replacement.
Call the nearest Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute office today to schedule arthritis treatment, or book your appointment online.