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By Dr. Philip S. Pinsker
September 17, 2015
Category: Ankle Pain
Tags: arthritis  

Did you know that according to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million Americans suffer from Arthritis? Arthritis is actually an umbrella term for more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect your joints. Since there are 33 joints in each foot, Arthritis requires a proactive approach in order to keep your feet as healthy as possible. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the USA, and if the symptoms are ignored and the disease progresses, it can greatly limit your activity level and impact your quality of life.

Signs of Arthritis

Too often, this disabling disease is often missed and the early warning signs are just chalked up to “old age.” Although arthritis is a progressive disease, catching it early and treating immediately can prevent serious damage from being done to your feet. The symptoms below can affect the ankle, the big toe joint, and the joints in the midfoot and near the heel. Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, a board certified podiatrist, says Allegheny and Washington County patients should set up a consultation in our Washington, PA office if they experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain and difficulty standing or walking
  • Stiffness and/or swelling in one or more joints in the foot
  • Joints feels warm and inflamed
  • Pain and tenderness in the foot when touched
  • Skin changes, such as rashes or growths

Treatment

After a thorough exam and x-rays or CT scans to confirm a diagnosis of arthritis, Dr. Pinsker will custom tailor a treatment plan for you. Common treatment options for arthritis include physical therapy, weight control, anti-inflammatory medications, injections into affected joints, and custom orthotic inserts to help provide pain relief and proper positioning of the foot. Early detection is critical to remaining active and pain free. If you believe you may have the beginning symptoms of arthritis, call our Washington, PA office at 724-225-7410 or request an appointment online

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