Believing that arthritis is just an inevitable part of the aging process and that there’s nothing that can be done about it is an erroneous way of thinking that can lead to unnecessary debilitations and a halt to activities you love. At Texas Foot Specialists, we want patients to know that there is much that can be done to slow the progression of arthritis and treat its symptoms so that you can continue to enjoy an active lifestyle.
Early Detection Is Key
Recognizing the signs of arthritis and getting it evaluated and treated in its earliest stages is the best way to ensure a positive outcome. Symptoms of this disease include:
Joint pain and soreness
Swelling around the joint
Restricted range of motion, difficulty bending the joint
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, make an appointment at our Sugar Land (281-242-4448), Pasadena (281-991-0600) or Houston office (713-664-6677) as soon as possible. Our podiatrists, Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Gregory Mangum, will do a complete examination of your feet and ankles and determine if arthritis is what is affecting your joints.
There are a number of ways that patients can effectively reduce pain and maintain good joint function. These include:
Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and/or steroid injections may be used to reduce inflammation and pain.
Orthotic devices. The podiatrist may prescribe a custom orthotic device to be worn in your shoes to help properly align your foot. This orthotic can correct biomechanical issues or shift pressure off of affected joints.
Bracing. This can support the joint and restrict motion, which reduces pain and prevents a deformity from getting worse.
Physical therapy. Exercises to strengthen muscles and improve range of motion can decrease discomfort and also help improve balance and prevent injuries.
In addition, maintaining a healthy weight (or shedding excess pounds if you are overweight) and exercising regularly can have a positive impact on the health of your joints. If you have concerns about joint disease, contact us for more information.