Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic

Alex Yanovskiy, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Des Plaines, IL

Finding out you have arthritis is never something you want to hear, but having this diagnosis in your feet and ankles can be particularly debilitating since you feel pain with every step you take. At Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois, you can meet with top-rated podiatrist Alex Yanovskiy, DPM, who has extensive training in diagnosing and treating arthritis. Book your joint pain evaluation by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling the office directly.


Which risk factors are associated with arthritis?

Arthritis is a collective term that describes dozens of ailments that cause joint inflammation and swelling. Any person of any age can develop arthritis — including children and teens — although this painful condition most commonly affects older adults.

One of the most well-known types of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which stems from overuse and wear-and-tear on your joints. You also have a risk of arthritis due to:

  • Autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Poor diet or uric acid buildup (gouty arthritis)
  • Severe infection (septic arthritis)

Certain types of arthritis tend to run in families. So, if you have a blood relative who suffers from osteoarthritis, chances are, you may, too.


What are the symptoms of arthritis?

No matter which type of arthritis you have, you’re going to experience some level of joint pain. Because dozens of bones and joints make up each of your feet and ankles, the symptoms you experience depend on which type of arthritis you have and where it’s located. Arthritis can lead to any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Limited range-of-motion and joint stiffness
  • Difficulty bearing weight on your foot

You might even notice that your arthritic joints are red and feel warm to the touch. Before your arthritis progresses any further and starts keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, book an evaluation at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic. 


How is foot and ankle arthritis treated?

Dr. Yanovskiy thoroughly examines your feet and ankles, sometimes orders laboratory testing, and may even request in-office ultrasounds or digital X-rays to diagnose your arthritic condition. Depending on your diagnosis and related symptoms, your arthritis treatment plan may include:

  • Orthotic inserts
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Physical therapy
  • Arthritis medications
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Sometimes, the best solution for treating arthritis is surgery. Using minimally invasive measures, Dr. Yanovskiy can repair cartilage, remove damaged tissues, or even partially or completely replace severely damaged joints. Rest assured, Dr. Yanovskiy works diligently to help relieve painful joints in an effort to restore your quality of life, no matter how minor how severe your symptoms become.

Schedule your arthritis evaluation at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic today. Book your appointment online or over the phone.