Arthritis is caused by inflammation in the joints. It is especially common in the smaller joints of

the ankles and hands. There are many kinds of arthritis that can affect the ankle, and symptoms

will vary by type. The most common types of arthritis affecting the ankle are osteoarthritis,

rheumatoid arthritis and posttraumatic arthritis. Because symptoms and treatment options vary, it

is important to consult with your doctor to develop a plan that is right for you. Our Atlanta

podiatrist can help.

Most common types of ankle arthritis

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease. That is it results with wear and tear or ongoing use

of the joint. It is more common with the approach of middle age; and is the most common type of

arthritis. The problem is caused over time as the cushion between the joints wears with use.

Although there is no cure our Atlanta podiatrist can offer treatments that bring relief, improve

function and prevent worsening of symptoms. Symptoms include reduced flexibility, stiffness

and pain.

Posttraumatic Arthritis

Posttraumatic arthritis can occur after injury to the ankle or foot. As a part of the exam our

American Board certified doctor will ask you about previous injuries. You may have to think

back. Posttraumatic arthritis develops over time as the injury contributes to the eventual wearing

of cartilage. Injuries that impact the joint surface are more likely to lead to posttraumatic

arthritis. Injured joints are more likely than non-injured joints to develop arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis results when the membrane that lines the joints is compromised in such a

way that the joint itself becomes damaged. Symptoms include reduced mobility, reduced

function, pain, swelling and inflammation.

Our Atlanta podiatrist will use a number of methods to rule out or diagnose arthritis. These may

include watching you walk, examining your shoes, blood tests, imaging and x-rays. Using that

information, you can decide together on a treatment plan that meets your individual needs.

Treatment options include:

 Medication – over the counter pain relievers can reduce pain and swelling. Prescription

medication may also be a good option.

 Modifications – talk with your doctor about any patterns you notice. How long have you

experienced the pain? What remedies have been effective in the past? When are you most

uncomfortable? If you are engaging in activities that aggravate the problem,

modifications may be necessary.

 Physical therapy – over time arthritis reduces range of motion and can impact your ability

to enjoy normal activities. Physical therapy can prevent further reductions in mobility and

may even help you restore some range of motion.

 Assistive devices – our Atlanta podiatrist can talk with you about devices that reduce

pressure on your joints and make walking more comfortable. These include braces, shoe

inserts and walking canes.

In some cases, surgery may be required. Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia will

work with you to explore every non-surgical option first. Our goal is to help you live pain free

with as much mobility as possible. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

 

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Dr. Fui Dawson

Podiatrist in Marietta, GA, Dr. Fui Dawson, is a Harvard trained Foot & Ankle Specialist treating patients in Marietta, GA and in the surrounding communities. Our clinic, Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia, offers treatment for all foot and ankle conditions.