Arthritis can come in many forms and is often chronic. Rheumatoid symptoms may include painful swelling, inflammation, and stiffness in the fingers, arms, legs, and wrists occurring in the same joints on both sides of the body, especially upon awaking. Symptoms of osteoarthritis may include joint pain and progressive stiffness that develops gradually. Arthritis can also develop following trauma. Regardless of the type, contact Savannah Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle if you are suffering form chronic arthritis, if the pain and stiffness comes on quickly, or if it is associated with redness and extreme joint tenderness.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that can affect multiple joints throughout the body, and often starts in the foot and ankle. It is symmetrical, meaning that it usually affects the same joint on both sides of the body.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning that immune cells attack the synovium covering the joint which cause it to swell. Over time, the synovium invades and can damage the bone, cartilage, ligaments and tendons, causing serious joint deformity and disability.
Savannah Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle offers a number of non-invasive, minimally invasive and surgical options to address your arthritic condition. Call us to set up an appointment if you feel you are needlessly suffering from arthritic pain.
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative or "wear-and-tear" arthritis, is a common problem for many people after they reach middle age, but it may occur in younger people, too.
In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away. As the cartilage wears away, it becomes frayed and rough, and the protective space between the bones decreases. This can result in bone rubbing on bone, and produce painful osteophytes (bone spurs).
Medications, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery can help reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis. Therapies include hydrotherapy, stretching, physical therapy, and acupuncture.
Post-traumatic arthritis is a common form of osteoarthritis caused by a previous injury or other form of trauma. It often develops after an injury to the foot or ankle as an injured joint is about seven times more likely to become arthritic. Dislocations and fractures—particularly those that damage the joint surface—are the most common injuries that lead to post-traumatic arthritis. Like osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis causes the cartilage between the joints to wear away. It can develop many years after the initial injury.
Like rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, many treatment options are available. Contact Savannah Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle to see how we can help you get back on your feet.