Ankle Arthritis - Irvine Podiatrist / Foot and Ankle Surgeon
Ankle Arthritis - Irvine, CA
Ankle x-ray showing end-stage ankle arthritis. Irvine, CA.
Even with the best treatments in Irvine CA, ankle arthritis may continue to cause pain or changes in your activities.
Proper diagnosis and treatment will help to minimize these limitations and allow you to lead a productive, active lifestyle.
Ankle Arthritis in Irvine, CA
The pain and stiffness you feel in your feet and ankles could be arthritis. If left untreated, this nagging pain can grow worse, eventually becoming so excruciating that you can no longer walk even short distances. Severe arthritis can restrict your mobility and limit your quality of life, but with proper treatment, you can slow the development of arthritis and lead a more productive life. Our Foot and Ankle Surgeon / Podiatrist in Irvine, CA can help with your ankle arthritis at our Irvine, CA or Huntington Beach, CA offices.
There are many different types of arthritis. The most common type, osteoarthritis, results from the "wear and tear" damage to joint cartilage (the soft tissue between joint bones) that comes with age. The result is inflammation, redness, swelling, and pain in the joint. Also, a sudden and traumatic injury such as a broken bone, torn ligament, or ankle sprain can cause the injured joint to become arthritic in the future. Sometimes a traumatic injury will result in arthritis in the injured joint even though the joint received proper medical care at the time of injury.
Another common type, rheumatoid arthritis, is an inflammatory condition caused by an irritation of the joint lining (the synovium). People with rheumatoid arthritis for at least 10 years almost always develop arthritis in some part of the foot or ankle. Other types of inflammatory arthritis include gout, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, and psoriatic arthritis. Proper treatment of foot and ankle arthritis addresses both pain and joint deformity.
Pain develops when the joint is injured. Injury to the joint may result from swelling caused by inflammatory arthritis or from the loss of joint surface (cartilage), often caused by trauma. If left untreated, the foot and ankle may eventually become deformed. If our Irvine Foot and Ankle Surgeon suspects you have arthritis of the foot and ankle, he will ask you to have a complete medical history and physical examination. X-rays and laboratory tests often can confirm the type and extent of the arthritis.
Other tests for ankle arthritis in Irvine, CA such as a bone scan, computed tomography (CT) scan, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to evaluate your condition. Once our Irvine Podiatrist confirms you have arthritis, he will recommend a treatment regimen which may include medications by mouth (anti-inflammatories), injections (steroids), physical therapy, weight loss, or orthotics such as pads in your shoes or custom-made braces.
If conservative treatment fails, surgery may be necessary. This may mean cleaning the arthritic joint, eliminating the painful motion of the joint through a fusion procedure, or replacing the joint with ankle joint replacement. After ankle surgery in Irvine CA, you will require a period of rehabilitation when your foot might have to be in a cast and you might have to wear special shoes or braces for a while.
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Please contact our office in Irvine or Huntington Beach in Orange County, CA to make an appointment with our foot and ankle surgeon / podiatrist (Dr. Coyer) to have your ankle arthritis in Irvine, CA fully evaluated.