by Dr. David R. Northcutt
Dr. David Northcutt is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.
“Hi, I’m Dr. Northcutt. I want to talk a little bit today about arthritis. There are several types of arthritis, however the most common type to affect the foot and ankle is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is characterized by the breakdown and loss of cartilage in joints. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint throughout the body. In the foot, this often affects the first toe joint. It is also common in the midfoot and ankle.
Besides wear and tear of the joints, over time injuries can also lead to earlier onset of osteoarthritis. Examples of this include fractures, sprains, or blunt trauma such as dropping something on your ankle, foot, or toes. Osteoarthritis develops as a result of abnormal foot mechanics, such as a flat foot or high arches.
Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the joint, swelling in or near the joints, difficulty walking or bending the joint. Osteoarthritic joints can also develop bone spurs. This often is seen and felt over the top of the foot. Shoe pressure may cause pain at the site of a bone spur and in some cases, blisters or calluses may form on the surface.
Possible non-surgical treatments include oral anti-inflammatories, orthotics, braces, immobilization, steroid injections, and sometimes physical therapy. When non-surgical methods do not improve symptoms satisfactorily, surgery may be needed. We will consider a number of factors when selecting the procedure best suited to your condition and your lifestyle. Please give us a call here at Dallas Podiatry Works if you have any of these symptoms. We’d be happy to be a part of your healthcare team.”