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Arthritis Specialist

Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey

Podiatry located in Cherry Hill, NJ

Arthritis of the feet and ankles can be debilitating and diminish your quality of life because it makes every step you take feel painful. The expert podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey can evaluate your arthritis and offer solutions to manage your pain and restore your ability to walk and perform physical activities. To learn more, call the office in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic condition in which the joints become swollen and inflamed, causing pain. The most common types of arthritis that affect the feet and ankles include:

  • Osteoarthritis due to wear-and-tear on joint structures
  • Gout due to poor diet or obesity
  • Septic arthritis caused by a serious infection
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition

Arthritis is common in older adults, but there are a variety of health conditions that can also cause arthritis.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Although there are many types of arthritis, they all share common symptoms, including:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Loss of function

Sometimes arthritis creates a sensation of warmth in the affected joint, and you may notice changes in the surrounding skin, such as a rash or growths.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

To diagnose the cause of your joint pain, your Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey podiatrist takes X-rays, performs an evaluation of your feet and ankles, and a review of your medical history. In some cases, blood tests or additional diagnostic imaging such as an MRI are needed to determine the cause of your symptoms accurately.

How does a podiatrist treat arthritis?

After your evaluation, your Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey provider designs a custom treatment plan to meet your individual needs. Your plan may include:

  • Orthotics
  • Specially prescribed shoes
  • Prescription arthritis medications
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Nutritional and lifestyle changes
  • Exercise programs

The highly experienced team of podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey can relieve your symptoms and help you manage your arthritis, so it doesn’t become worse. Treatment can frequently restore some or all of your range-of-motion and joint functionality.

Most of the time, a conservative approach to treatment will be successful in reducing pain and preventing flare-ups. In some cases, however, surgery may be necessary to treat your arthritic foot or ankle pain. The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey are expert surgeons who can safely perform procedures to remove or repair arthritic tissue.

To schedule an arthritis evaluation, call Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey today, or make an appointment online.