Arthritis: Understanding, Diagnosis, and Treatment at Austin Foot & Ankle Center

Arthritis, a condition affecting millions, manifests in various forms, significantly impacting quality of life. Osteoarthritis, the most prevalent type, involves the deterioration of joint cartilage, leading to pain and reduced mobility. At Austin Foot & Ankle Center, we specialize in diagnosing and managing arthritis, focusing on preserving joint function and alleviating discomfort. For example, we treat hallux rigidus, which is a common arthritic condition seen in the big toe joint of the foot.

Causes of Osteoarthritis

The onset of osteoarthritis is often attributed to:

  • Age: The risk increases with age due to the cumulative wear and tear on joints.
  • Repetitive Micro-Trauma: Continuous stress on the joints from daily activities or occupations can accelerate cartilage breakdown.
  • Traumatic Injury: A significant injury can directly damage joint cartilage, hastening osteoarthritis development.
  • Poor Foot Biomechanics: Abnormalities in foot structure or function can distribute weight unevenly across the joints, leading to premature arthritis.

Identifying Symptoms

Key indicators of arthritis include:

  • Joint Stiffness: Especially noticeable after periods of inactivity.
  • Limited Mobility: Reduced range of motion in the affected joint.
  • Swelling: Often accompanies pain and stiffness, contributing to discomfort.
  • Pain on Movement: Moving the joint can provoke pain, particularly in advanced stages.

Diagnostic Process

Our approach to diagnosing arthritis begins with a thorough review of your medical history and a physical examination. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs, are instrumental in assessing the extent of cartilage loss and joint damage, enabling a precise diagnosis.

Arthritis Toe

Comprehensive Treatment Strategies

Conservative Measures:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications: To manage pain and reduce swelling.
  • Custom Orthotic Devices: Tailored to support the affected joints and improve foot function, thereby alleviating stress on the arthritic areas.
  • Immobilization: Temporary use of braces or splints to rest the joint and decrease inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy: Aims to enhance joint flexibility and strength, mitigating stiffness and improving mobility.
  • Advanced Laser Therapy: An innovative, non-invasive option that accelerates healing, reduces inflammation, and provides rapid pain relief, allowing for quicker recovery without surgical intervention.

Surgical Interventions: When conservative treatments do not provide sufficient relief, surgery may be considered. The specific procedure depends on the arthritis’s severity and location, as well as the patient’s lifestyle and goals. Surgical options can range from minimally invasive arthroscopy to joint fusion or replacement, tailored to restore function and reduce pain.

Take Action Against Arthritis

If you’re struggling with joint pain or suspect arthritis, prompt evaluation and treatment are key to maintaining your mobility and quality of life. Contact Austin Foot & Ankle Center to schedule your comprehensive evaluation. Our dedicated team is committed to providing personalized care, from advanced diagnostics to cutting-edge treatment options, helping you navigate arthritis with confidence.

Don’t let arthritis hold you back. Reach out to Austin Foot & Ankle Center today and take the first step towards effective pain management and improved joint health. Let us help you get back on your feet and enjoy an active, fulfilling life.

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Austin Foot & Ankle Center
9012 Research Boulevard #C-13
Austin, TX 78758

(512) 450-0101

Austin Foot & Ankle Center – South
5920 W William Cannon Dr. Bld 6
Suite 140, Austin, TX 78749

(512) 336-8909

The Domain Area Location
11824 Jollyville Rd Ste 101
Austin, TX 78759

(512) 335-1800