Arthritis in the feet and ankles can occur at any adult age but primarily targets adults aged 50 and over. If left untreated, it can cause a significant loss of mobility for adult patients, which can be very debilitating. The exact cause of arthritis is not entirely known – for some patients, it seems hereditary. However, no matter the cause, arthritis can be treated in both the feet and ankles so that adults at any age can lead a productive and happy life. Foot and ankle arthritis treatment in Woodinville is possible, and the Mill Creek Foot and Ankle Clinic team would like to share some information about treatment that can help our patients.
Patients may experience foot and ankle pain symptoms but may not know what those symptoms mean or what the exact problem is. Commonly, a patient puts off making a doctor’s appointment as long as possible, whether it has to do with their busy daily lives or perhaps fear of what may be causing the problem. Podiatrists can help patients identify the problem and assuage any fears they may have.
Common symptoms of foot and ankle arthritis include stiffness and specific joint problems. A patient may experience joint pain, loss of mobility at the joint, or swelling or redness near a joint. Arthritis can also cause a change in skin color around the joint.
Treatment is different for every patient, and a podiatrist can best discuss with a patient what their alternatives are. Other than medicine, standard treatment for foot and ankle arthritis includes exercise, physical therapy, and specially prescribed shoes so that a patient can walk without pain.
To learn more about foot and ankle arthritis treatment in Woodinville or to make an appointment, please call our Mill Creek Foot and Ankle Clinic office at (425) 482-6663 to speak with one of our caring, professional staff members.