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Foot and Ankle Arthritis

Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, but when it affects your feet or ankles, it can make it difficult to walk, stand, or perform other activities in your day to day life. If you are experiencing pain, stiffness, and swelling in your lower extremities, it may be due to arthritis in the ankle or foot. Fortunately, there are a number of advanced treatments available to help you manage symptoms of arthritis and get back to the life you love.

At Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists, our team of foot and ankle specialists are proud to provide ankle pain treatment and foot pain treatment to patients who struggle with arthritis. As the second largest foot and ankle practice in Illinois, our physicians are highly trained in the most advanced procedures and technology, and we’re passionate about providing long-term, minimally-invasive relief.

Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists is now accepting walk-in appointments, and we proudly accept most major insurance providers. If you’re ready to receive cutting-edge treatment from the top ankle and foot arthritis specialist near you, reach out and get started with us today.

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Common Types of Foot & Ankle Arthritis

Arthritis comes in a variety of forms, especially when it comes to the feet and ankles, but all of them share the common trait of causing inflammation in the joints. Achieving an accurate diagnosis is important for finding the best possible treatment options to bring relief.

The most common arthritic foot and ankle conditions we see at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle include:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that primarily affects the joints, causing inflammation, swelling, and pain. RA can also lead to the deterioration of cartilage and bone.
  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. It is caused by the deterioration of cartilage, which is the cushioning material between joints. This results in pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
  • Hallux Rigidus: Hallux rigidus is a type of osteoarthritis that affects the joint at the base of the big toe. This condition can make it difficult to bend the toe.
  • Gout: Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in the body, resulting in crystallization and the formation of crystals in the joints. This can cause severe pain, swelling, and inflammation.

The team at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists has experience treating all types of foot and ankle arthritis and can create a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs.

Cutting-Edge Treatments for Chronic Arthritis

Comprehensive Treatment Options for Foot & Ankle Arthritis

When treating arthritis of the foot and ankle, it's important to focus on both relieving any painful symptoms and protecting the affected joint from further damage. The type of treatment you receive will depend on multiple factors, including the type of arthritis you have, your personal recovery goals, and your medical history.

At Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle, we provide conservative and cutting edge treatment options for arthritis, including:

  • Cortisone Injections: These injections can be used to relieve pain and swelling caused by arthritis. They can also help to prevent further damage to the joint.
  • Pain Management: We offer a variety of pain management options, including medications and physical therapy.
  • Bracing: Wearing a brace, pad, or splint can help to support the joint and relieve pain.
  • Cold Laser Treatment: This cutting-edge, FDA-approved arthritis treatment uses low levels of light to reduce inflammation and pain.

If you're living with symptoms of foot or ankle arthritis, the team at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists can help. Schedule an appointment with us today and take your first step toward finding relief.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the advanced arthritis treatments you provide?

At Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle, we’re passionate about utilizing the latest techniques and technology to offer our patients the best outcomes possible following their treatment plan. To learn more about the more advanced treatments we provide for foot and ankle arthritis, visit our Treatments page.

What are some of the most common risk factors for foot and ankle arthritis?

There are a number of risk factors that can increase your chances of developing foot or ankle arthritis, including:

  • Age: The risk of arthritis increases with age.
  • Joint injuries: Joint injuries can lead to the development of arthritis later in life.
  • Being overweight: Being overweight puts extra strain on the joints, which can lead to arthritis.
  • Family history: If you have a family history of arthritis, you may be more likely to develop the condition yourself.
  • Certain medical conditions: Conditions like diabetes and gout can increase your risk of developing arthritis.

If you have any of these risk factors, it's important to consult with your doctor and monitor your lower extremities for any signs of early-stage arthritis.

Do you accept insurance for foot and ankle arthritis treatment?

Yes! Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists is proud to accept insurance from a wide range of providers across the Midwest, including Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and more. You can find our list of accepted providers on our Insurances page, and if you don’t see your provider listed, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable staff to discuss your options.

How can I get started with the best foot and ankle specialist near me?

At Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists, we strive to make it as simple as possible to find the relief you deserve. Just use our online scheduling tool to select a time that works for you. We’re also accepting walk-in appointments, so feel free to visit one of our convenient locations near you.