Conditions & Services

Arthritis of The Foot and Ankle

Cartilage (the tissue between bones and joints that acts as a cushion) protects your joints and bones from wearing down during motion. With age, injury or medical predisposition, anyone can develop arthritis.

Arthritis is also known as osteoarthritis when cartilage begins to wear down, causing many patients to feel pain upon moving the affected joints. Osteoarthritis is degenerative, meaning it develops as you age and can get progressively worse without proper treatment.

If you are in the Akron-Canton, Ohio area and think you may be suffering from arthritis in your joints, contact us today at Ohio Foot and Ankle Center. Osteoarthritis can be a painful and debilitating condition that is receptive to early treatment.

What is it?

Every bone and joint is cushioned by cartilage. When this cartilage begins to wear down through the aging process or with injury, simple movement of joints can become painful. Osteoarthritis can be incapacitating, limiting your motion and ability to continue “normal” activity.

Some of the symptoms of arthritis are:

  • Pain and stiffness in the affected bone or joint
  • Inflammation in or around the joint
  • Difficulty moving your joint without pain

Am I at risk?

Even though osteoarthritis is considered a degenerative disease, meaning it can develop with age, it can also be caused by an injury or medical predisposition towards the condition. It can take quite some time (months or even years) after an injury before signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis begin to surface.

How is (osteo)arthritis diagnosed?

Many times osteoarthritis is definitively found with diagnostic images such as x-ray. A physician will examine your foot, looking for inflammation and limited mobility in the joint. Pain when moving the joint is also an indication of (osteo)arthritis.

For more details on (osteo)arthritis, visit the ACFAS informational website.