Arthritis Specialist

FOOTDRx

Podiatry located in Union Square/Village, New York, NY, Midtown/ Grand Central, New York, NY, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, & Englewood, NJ

Each of your feet contains 33 joints, which means there’s ample opportunity for arthritis to strike. And when it does, you need an experienced team of podiatrists to help you maintain your active lifestyle. You’ll find that team at FOOTDRx, which has four locations: Three New York City offices in Union Square, Midtown East in Manhattan, and Bushwick, Brooklyn; and a New Jersey location in Englewood. Each of the locations is staffed by board-certified podiatrists who understand the effect that arthritis can have on your feet. To get the right arthritis team in your corner, call or use the online booking tool.

Arthritis Q & A

What types of arthritis affect the feet?

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, which is a catch-all term for any condition that leads to pain and inflammation within a joint. Arthritis can strike any joint in your body, but when it develops in your feet or ankles, it can have a profound effect on your mobility. Between the limitations in your movement and the pain, arthritis is a most unwelcome development.

The most common forms of arthritis that affect your feet and ankles include:

Osteoarthritis

This type of degenerative arthritis is the most common and occurs when the cartilage inside your joints begins to break down. This leaves your bones to rub together unprotected, causing the pain and inflammation.

Rheumatoid arthritis

This is an autoimmune disorder in which your body mistakenly attacks the lining in your joints. This form of arthritis typically starts in the small joints in your feet.

Gout

Gout is a result of a buildup of uric acid in your body, which can form sharp, crystal-like shards in your joints — typically a joint in your big toe.

Posttraumatic arthritis

If you’ve injured your foot or ankle in the past, unfortunately, you may be more prone to developing arthritis at the site of the old injury.

There are many other forms of arthritis, but these represent the most common complaints when it comes to feet and ankles.

What are the signs of arthritis?

Since arthritis describes pain and inflammation in your joints, these are the first warning signs that arthritis may be developing. 

Outside of pain and inflammation you may also experience:

  • Increasing stiffness
  • Heat around your joint
  • Redness
  • Tenderness around the joint

The bottom line is that any time your feet or ankles are in pain, it’s a good idea to see one of the arthritis specialists at FOOTDRx.

Is there a cure for arthritis?

There’s no cure for arthritis, but there are a lot of steps the podiatrists at FOOTDRx can take to help you better manage the condition, and even slow its progression. Once they confirm your arthritis, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Anti-inflammatory and/or prescription medications
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Therapeutic shoes — FOOTDRx has a certified fitter on staff
  • Activity modifications
  • Physical therapy
  • Assistive devices — FOOTDRx offers durable medical equipment on-site

If your ankle joints have been ravaged by arthritis, your podiatrist may recommend joint replacement surgery to help you regain mobility.

To learn more about the comprehensive arthritis care at FOOTDRx, call or use the online scheduler.