Did you know that arthritis is not actually a single medical issue, but rather over 100 different conditions which cause pain and/or stiffness in affected joints? At McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, we are proud to provide treatment for a wide range of conditions affecting your lower limbs, including cases of foot and ankle arthritis. Not all types of arthritis are found in your extremities, but the following ones often affect feet:
- Osteoarthritis (OA) – When the joints in the lower limbs become stiff and painful on account of wear and tear over time, it is this particular form of arthritis. OA is actually the most common type, which is why it quickly comes to mind when people hear the word “arthritis.”
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) – In some cases, the breakdown of joint lining isn’t caused by wear and tear, but is instead the result of an autoimmune disorder. With RA, the body’s natural defense mechanisms begin attacking the protective joint lining. At this time, experts are unsure as to why this actually happens.
- Gout – There is a natural byproduct of food breakdown known as uric acid, which is normally expelled from the body during urination. When the body is unable to properly remove this byproduct or excessive quantities are produced, it settles into joints and crystalizes over time. Some foods are more likely to cause the condition and trigger painful gout flares.
- Posttraumatic arthritis – This early onset arthritic condition is a result of an injury, such as when a bone or bones in a joint break due to physical trauma (car crash, sports injury) or a severe sprain makes a joint unstable. “Early onset” means it is not associated with advanced age, but the problem can actually take a couple of years following the injury before it emerges.
When you, or any of your loved ones, experience arthritis in foot or ankle joints, our medical experts at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group can help. We provide comprehensive foot care services at our Carmichael, CA office for residents from across the greater Sacramento community. Give us a call at (916) 961-3434 to find out how we can help you or to schedule a visit at our office. You can also request your appointment online today.