How Wichita Podiatrist Dr. Weaver and His Team Help You Manage Foot and Ankle Arthritis

Arthritis is joint inflammation that affects more than 50 million Americans. Certain types of arthritis can be hereditary, and although the disease becomes more common with age, it affects people at all stages of life. In fact, over 60 percent of people in the U.S. with arthritis are under age 65. But do you know the symptoms of foot and ankle arthritis

At Central Kansas Podiatry Associates, we strive to provide effective care so you can maintain proper foot health. Here’s what you should know about arthritis—and how we can help.

Understanding Arthritis

There are two main forms of arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis.

  • RA is the most serious form of arthritis. It causes chronic inflammation, affecting many smaller joints, such as those in the ankles and toes.
  • Osteoarthritis is more common and results from degeneration of the joints due to wear and tear over time. As people age, some joints—particularly those that have been overused or under constant pressure—are susceptible to cartilage breakdown. 

Since each foot is comprised of over 30 joints and bears the impact of our entire body weight, they’re more prone to develop arthritis than other body parts. Unfortunately, as it progresses, the condition can become debilitating and even crippling. However, early diagnosis of foot and ankle arthritis and proper treatment can limit and slow its advancement.

Symptoms of Foot and Ankle Arthritis

Common signs of RA and osteoarthritis are pain and muscle weakness that become progressively worse, as well as sore or stiff joints due to overuse or periods of inactivity. Other symptoms you notice include: 

  • Redness, swelling, and stiffness in the joint area
  • Growths, rashes, and other skin changes in the joint area
  • Limited motion and stiffness of the join

How Central Kansas Podiatry Associates Treats Arthritis

Our Wichita foot care specialists understand the importance of healthy feet in maintaining your overall well-being, especially when managing a chronic condition like arthritis. We partner with you to provide a thorough diagnosis, then develop a customized treatment plan with solutions such as:  

  • Physical therapy and exercise to increase strength and function
  • Anti-inflammatory medication and steroid injections 
  • Massages
  • Foot soaks and ice application
  • Custom orthotics or prescribed footwear
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