Dr. Levi brings over 25 years of experience in helping patients who suffer from arthritis in their feet and ankles to find pain relief and improved mobility. Appointments are available at his practice, Grand Central Podiatry, located in Manhattan, near Grand Central Station.
Arthritis Q & A
by Ernest S. Levi, DPM
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a condition which causes inflammation in the joints. Osteoarthritis, one of the most common forms of arthritis, causes pain in the feet and ankles. Osteoarthritis is often referred to as “wear-and-tear” arthritis because it develops as a result of the natural use of joints and the aging process. The condition is also referred to as degenerative joint disease or age-related arthritis. This condition can affect the bones and joints inside the foot, causing pain, swelling, and possibly deformity. Many patients find their mobility significantly decreased when arthritis flares up in the feet and ankles. Rheumatoid arthritis is a different form of the condition that can affect the feet and ankles.
What are the Symptoms of Arthritis?
Symptoms of osteoarthritis affecting the feet and ankles usually include:
- Reduced ability to move, walk, or bear weight
- Swelling in joint
- Stiffness in joint
- Tenderness and pain in joint
How is Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle Treated?
Once it has been determined that the person has arthritis, the doctor can treat the condition using a variety of methods depending on the specific condition of the patient. Steroid medications are frequently used to minimize swelling and are injected into the affected joints. Some patients may find relief from their symptoms by taking a prescription steroid such as prednisone. Anti-inflammatory medication can also help to reduce swelling and ease discomfort. Wearing pads and arch support in the shoes also helps cushion the joints against pressure and impact from walking and moving. Canes and braces can be used if weight bearing is especially difficult. Physical therapy can also help to increase range of motion and keep the joints flexible. If patients are overweight, it will be recommended that they lose excess weight to reduce pressure on the joints and bones. Custom made orthotics and shoes can also help. Dr. Levi may suggest exercises and treatments for the patients to follow at home to help control the condition and provide pain relief. These stretches and techniques can help the feet stay strong and flexible which will reduce discomfort. If you believe you have arthritis in your feet and/or ankles, contact Dr. Levi at Grand Central Podiatry to schedule a consultation appointment.
Ernest Levi, DPM | 30 East 40th Street | Suite 401 | New York, NY 10016