Podiatrist Annapolis MD

Christina Bui, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist

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.

Our Services

What Service We Offer

If you’re ready to put your feet in good hands, call Howard County Foot & Ankle, or request an appointment online today.

Arthritis

Arthritis

Arthritis is a chronic health condition that causes inflammation and degeneration in the joints of your body.

Ankle Injuries

Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries often happen due to trips, falls, and twists that damage one or more of the ankle joint structures.

Flat Feet

Flat Feet

Flat feet, also called flatfoot, is a condition that happens when your feet lack arches.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic foot care consists of treatments that maintain the health and wellness of your feet if you have diabetes.

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine has many implications across many medical fields, and treating musculoskeletal pain is currently one of its most popular applications.

Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail is a toenail that digs into the skin alongside it. Ingrown toenails typically affect the big toe, but they can develop on the others, as well.

Foot Pain

Foot Pain

You might experience foot pain because of an acute injury, long-term overuse, or an easily reversible behavior like wearing tight shoes.

Heel Pain

Heel Pain

You can separate the possible causes of heel pain into two categories: Those that cause pain on the sole and those that cause pain behind the heel.