Oh, those aching feet! Do your feet hurt at the joints? Is there swelling? Do you dread lots of walking? If you have any of the following symptoms in your feet and ankles, you may have arthritis:
- Pain and stiffness in the joints;
- Swelling in or near the joint;
- Difficulty walking or bending the joint.
Arthritis or osteoarthritis occur by the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage protects and cushions the bones during movement. When the cartilage deteriorates or is lost, pain and other symptoms develop that can restrict your ability to perform daily activities. In the foot, osteoarthritis frequently occurs in the big toe. It is also found in the mid-foot and ankle. This type of arthritis can occur from a previous fracture or sprain you had years ago. For example, in the big toe, the arthritis is frequently caused by having kicked or jammed the toe or by dropping something on the toe.
Regardless of the cause of your arthritis in the toe, you should seek the help of a podiatrist to help reduce the foot and ankle pain and prevent further damage to your feet and ankles. Locally, one of the best foot and ankle specialists available is the Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic. Dr. Alexander Yanovskiy, DPM, and his staff at the clinic take the utmost care and concern for your specific condition. They can provide you with information, treatment, and procedures to help relieve your foot and ankle pain both short- and long-term.
Dr. Yanovskiy enjoys helping his patients achieve optimum foot and ankle health. He understands that when there are problems with your feet and ankles, your entire life suffers. As a podiatrist, his goal is to end that suffering as quickly and painlessly as possible. Don’t delay if you think you could be suffering from arthritis or any other foot and ankle pain problems. Schedule an appointment today to prevent any further pain or damage to your feet and ankles.