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Thousand Oaks Foot Arthritis

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Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in the joints. Inflammation creates painful, stiff feelings in the affected joints that make it difficult to move or flex them. There are many different types of arthritis that can affect the feet and ankles, but the most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and posttraumatic arthritis.

About the different types of arthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis – This is a form of arthritis caused by wear and tear on the joints. The more we use our joints, the more we wear away at the rubbery substance known as cartilage between them. Cartilage is a shock absorber, and when it’s gone or damaged, bone rubs against bone, creating pain and inflammation.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – Arthritis can occur anywhere in the body, and rheumatoid arthritis often begins in the feet and ankles. This type of arthritis is an autoimmune disease that tricks cells in the body into attacking the soft tissue lining the joints, known as synovium. There is no known cause of rheumatoid arthritis – it can occur in any person at any age.
  • Posttraumatic arthritis – Some forms of arthritis are caused by an injury. Severe fractures or dislocations can damage the surface of joints and the cartilage in between them. Posttraumatic arthritis does not always occur right after an injury. It may take years for the symptoms of arthritis to show themselves.

Arthritis is a difficult condition to ignore. Symptoms usually begin gradually with mild pain in the joints whenever you move them. The joints might also feel tender and painful to the touch. If you have joint pain that lasts for a long time without any sign of getting better, you may have arthritis.

Treatment Options

Medicine does yet have a cure for arthritis, but the symptoms can be managed with surgical and nonsurgical treatments. Lifestyle modifications and physical therapy are often effective in the early stages. As the disease progresses, more intensive treatments may be necessary. At Performance Foot and Ankle, we provide numerous treatment options for foot and ankle arthritis, including the minimally invasive Cartiva implant procedure. We have state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology to assess the severity of your condition and plan the appropriate treatment.

Schedule your appointment at Performance Foot and Ankle today by calling (805) 380-3152 or contacting us online.

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