Arthritis refers to a condition of more than 100 diseases. It is characterized by joint pain, stiffness, and mobility issues. Arthritis can occur anywhere in the body, but it’s especially common in the feet and ankles.
If you regularly experience foot or ankle pain, and it doesn’t respond to at-home treatments, like ice, rest, and elevation, please reach out to Dr. DeCarbo at Greater Pittsburgh Foot & Ankle Center for help.
Symptoms of foot and ankle arthritis include:
As arthritis worsens, you may also experience difficulty walking, exercising, or performing other daily tasks.
At Greater Pittsburgh Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. DeCarbo diagnoses foot and ankle arthritis when you come in for a visit in the office.
First, he reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, if it worsens at certain times of the day, and if the pain interferes with your ability to work or exercise.
Next, Dr. DeCarbo conducts an exam, where he checks for signs of bruising, swelling, or redness. He also conducts a gait analysis that measures your stride and the way you walk. If necessary, he may also order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to rule out a fracture or a dislocated joint as well.
Treatment of foot and ankle arthritis depends on several factors, including your age, the severity of your symptoms, and the type of arthritis you have. When possible, Dr. DeCarbo recommends conservative, nonsurgical treatments, such as:
If your symptoms persist or worsen, you may be a candidate for surgery. Dr. DeCarbo performs several types of surgery to treat foot and ankle arthritis, including minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, fusion surgery, and total joint replacement.
To make an appointment for arthritis treatment, call the Greater Pittsburgh Foot & Ankle Center in Wexford, Pennsylvania, or book online today.