Ankle And Foot Arthritis Specialist

CFP Physicians Group -  - Family Physician

CFP Physicians Group

Family Physicians & Geriatrics located in Casselberry, FL

Almost 50% of adults 65 and up have some kind of arthritis, and it often occurs in the ankles and feet. At CFP Physicians Group in Casselberry, Florida, a team of experts can determine the type of your ankle and foot arthritis and how best to ease your symptoms and improve your function. You can live an active life with arthritis, so don’t wait to get help. Call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Ankle and Foot Arthritis Q & A

What are the different kinds of ankle and foot arthritis?

There are more than 100 kinds of arthritis. The types that often occur in the feet and ankles include: 

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most frequently-occurring kind of arthritis. It usually develops as you age. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in your joints wears down. It often causes pain in your heels, ankles, and midfoot. 

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This disease occurs when your immune system attacks the joint lining, often in a symmetrical fashion on both sides of your body. Rheumatoid arthritis causes foot joint changes and can be extremely painful. 

Gout

Gout is a unique form of arthritis that happens because of uric acid buildup and crystallization in your joints. It often affects the big toe joint but may also occur in your ankle or other joints. Gout is quite painful and usually occurs in flare-ups.

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic disease that can affect those with psoriasis. This arthritis causes symptoms much like those of rheumatoid arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis can also cause serious toe swelling (dactylitis) and foot changes. 


There are many other forms of arthritis as well, including post-traumatic arthritis, which can develop after you have a foot or ankle injury that doesn't heal properly. 

What are the signs of ankle and foot arthritis?

There are some general signs that can indicate foot or ankle arthritis, including: 


  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Limited range-of-motion
  • Warmth around your joints
  • Difficulty bearing weight
  • Increased pain after periods of rest


If you suspect foot or ankle arthritis, a prompt diagnosis is essential. The CFP Physicians Group team can diagnose your foot and ankle arthritis and create an effective treatment regimen for your unique needs. 

How do you treat foot and ankle arthritis?

After performing a complete exam and diagnostic imaging procedures, the team makes a specific diagnosis and treatment recommendation. 

The goal is to heal your joints, restore your function, and ease your pain to the maximum level possible. Your treatment may include:


  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Special shoes
  • Custom orthotics
  • Supportive devices like braces or walkers
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Medical marijuana 


If nonsurgical treatments aren't sufficient, you may need surgery to fuse or replace painful joints. 

The CFP Physicians Group is here for all your foot and ankle arthritis needs and concerns. Click on the online scheduler, or call the office to book your appointment.