Arthritis is a painful and common condition that affects more than 23% of American adults. Without diagnosis and treatment, arthritis can worsen, affecting your mobility and quality of life. At Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group, the team of expert physicians specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis. To make an appointment at the practice in the Greater Heights or Downtown neighborhoods of Houston, Texas, or the location in Kingwood, Texas, call the nearest office today or schedule online.
Arthritis is a chronic, degenerative disease that causes your joints to swell and become stiff. There are more than 100 types of arthritis but all affect the joints –– any area of the body where two bones meet.
At Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group, the team focuses on arthritis of the foot and ankle. Early intervention and treatment can reduce uncomfortable symptoms and manage the condition.
As arthritis worsens, you might also experience difficulty placing weight on the affected joint.
There are several types of arthritis that primarily affect the feet and ankles, including:
Osteoarthritis, or wear-and-tear arthritis, causes your cartilage –– a soft, supportive substance that pads your bones –– to degenerate. Over time, that process causes your bones to rub against one another, resulting in swelling and stiffness.
Gout occurs when uric acid builds up in your bloodstream and deposits in your joints. Often, gout causes severe pain, redness, and swelling of the big toe.
Post-traumatic arthritis occurs due to a traumatic injury, like an ankle sprain or crush injury. Even after the injury heals, post-traumatic arthritis causes swelling, stiffness, and joint sensitivity.
To diagnose arthritis, your Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group provider physically examines your foot and ankle and asks about your symptoms, including their severity and if any activities like exercise make them worse.
Your provider might also have you perform a series of strength and range-of-motion exercises. If these steps don’t provide enough information, they might also order X-rays, a CT scan, or laboratory tests.
Treatment of arthritis usually includes a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medication, and activity modifications. If conservative treatments aren’t able to relieve your symptoms, surgical intervention may be necessary but only as a last resort.
The team at Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group works with you to design a custom care plan that aligns with your age, medical history, and needs.
To receive treatment for arthritis, make an appointment at Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group by calling the nearest office today or scheduling online.