As you get older, or if you lead a physically active life, you may be prone to developing chronic joint pain in your foot due to arthritis. At Howard County Foot & Ankle in Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Christina Bui, and the experienced foot care team offers on-site diagnostic evaluations for chronic pain in your foot. They create treatment plans that focus on easing your pain and enhancing your mobility through joint injections, the use of orthotics, or the latest surgical techniques. If you experience difficulty or pain when moving your foot, schedule an evaluation at Howard County Foot & Ankle by calling the office or booking online today.
Arthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a chronic health condition that causes inflammation and degeneration in the joints of your body. This disease is common in your foot joints, often due to age-related changes or from a lifetime of pressure put on the joint from your body weight and physical activities.
As arthritis progresses, you may notice that you can’t move your foot very well. In some cases, the toes can’t bend as they should and remain jammed into the ground.
This causes a callus, or thick patch of skin, to develop around the joint. You can also develop a growth on the joint, known as a bone spur, that also rubs against the ground or your shoe.
Without proper treatment, foot arthritis can lead to a permanent deformity in the joint that limits your mobility and causes persistent pain.
How is arthritis diagnosed?
During the evaluation, the team reviews your medical history and examines your foot. They test your range of motion and identify areas of pain and swelling.
To confirm that your pain is the result of arthritis and not a fracture or other injury, your provider uses on-site X-ray technology to get a better look at the inner structures of your joint. X-rays can also identify bone spurs that might be contributing to your pain.
How is arthritis treated?
When the team treats arthritis in its earliest stages, they can ease your pain with anti-inflammatory medications. You may also benefit from using functional orthotics, devices that you wear in your shoe to relieve pressure on the foot.
If oral medications aren’t enough to control your pain and inflammation, your provider may recommend cortisone injections that deliver medicines directly into the affected joint.
In advanced cases of arthritis, bone spurs may surround the joint, or you may experience deformities in your joint. In this case, your provider may recommend surgery to remove bone spurs and realign your joint for long-term relief of pain and mobility issues.
If you need help managing chronic pain in the foot due to arthritis, schedule a consultation at Howard County Foot & Ankle by calling the office or booking online today.