Arthritis in the foot and ankle affects almost half of older adults in their 60s and 70s but can occur at any age. Podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Jeffrey Kleis, DPM, diagnoses and treats osteoarthritis at his private practice in Costa Mesa, California. If you think you may have osteoarthritis, call the office of Jeffrey Kleis, DPM, Inc. or book an appointment online.
Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is the most common of the greater than 100 types of arthritis. This type of arthritis results from wear-and-tear damage to cartilage, the soft, slippery tissue that cushions your joints.
Osteoarthritis is more common in the body’s large, weight-bearing joints such as the knees, but can also affect the feet and ankles.
Osteoarthritis symptoms usually develop gradually and worsen over time. Common osteoarthritis symptoms include:
Foot or ankle osteoarthritis may cause you pain or difficulty while walking, climbing stairs, and performing other daily activities. If untreated, osteoarthritis can lead to serious deformity or disability.
Osteoarthritis often results from tissue degeneration that comes with advancing age. Most women and men over age 60 have some degree of osteoarthritis, but you can develop this complex condition in your 20s and 30s, too.
The following factors may increase your risk of osteoarthritis:
Athletes or women and men with physical occupations may be at higher risk of developing osteoarthritis in the foot or ankle, especially if you’ve sustained injuries that didn’t receive proper treatment.
First, Dr. Kleis performs a comprehensive physical exam and reviews your medical history. If he suspects arthritis is present, he may take laboratory tests to rule out rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a progressive condition that causes the immune system to attack your joints. He may also take an X-ray to evaluate the severity of the condition.
After confirming the problem is osteoarthritis, Dr. Kleis creates a personalized treatment plan to address your case. Depending on your unique condition, osteoarthritis treatment may include:
Dr. Kleis examines every possible option before recommending surgery. If your condition is severe or fails to improve with treatment, he discusses the best surgical procedures to relieve your osteoarthritis symptoms.
If you think you have arthritis in your foot or ankle, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Kleis today.