Arthritis

Foot, Ankle, & Leg Vein Center

Foot & Ankle Surgery & Vein Care located in Boca Raton, FL & Boynton, FL

Medical experts report that at least 54 million adults in the United States have a confirmed arthritis diagnosis. Because arthritis is known for being a top cause of disability, Jason Gold, DPM, and Jodi Schoenhaus, DPM, FACFAS, offer innovative arthritis solutions at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center clinics in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida. Schedule your arthritis exam online or call either clinic directly to book.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

If you have arthritis in your feet and ankles, it might stem from overuse, a condition known as osteoarthritis. But you can also develop arthritis because of autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis) or trauma (post-traumatic arthritis), among other reasons.

Arthritis leads to chronic inflammation in joints throughout your body. Over time, the spaces between your joints — the areas where two bones meet — becomes narrow. Since the two connecting bones get closer and closer together, they can start rubbing against one another, which ultimately wears down the protective cartilage.

When this occurs, bone fragments start floating in the joint or bone spurs (abnormal bony growths) start forming. These issues lead to a wide variety of symptoms.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center is home to some of the most state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging solutions on the market. Dr. Gold or Dr. Schoenhaus can perform digital X-rays or ultrasound imaging on the spot, so they can diagnose you quickly and get you started on treatment as soon as possible. Your arthritis diagnostic examination is likely also going to include:

  • In-depth personal medical history analysis
  • Discussion of when and where pain occurs
  • Laboratory testing, such as a blood draw

Dr. Gold and Dr. Schoenhaus also need to know the details of your injury, sports activity, or training routine, if applicable, to better help them understand the extent of your arthritic condition.

Can arthritis be treated?

Yes, even though arthritis is degenerative and is only going to progress, Dr. Gold and Dr. Schoenhaus offer treatments to manage symptoms and delay the condition’s progression. Your arthritis treatment plan may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Cortisone injection therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy

As a last resort, if you have a severe case of arthritis, Dr. Gold or Dr. Schoenhaus could recommend surgery. Arthritis surgery is usually minimally invasive and performed with an arthroscope to get a detailed view of inside your joints. This personalized procedure can involve fusing bones together, removing bone spurs or fragments, or partial or total replacement of joints.

Get relief from arthritis pain by starting your arthritis treatment at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center as soon as possible. You can conveniently schedule your appointment online or over the phone.