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Arthritis Specialist

Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration

Orthopedic Surgery & Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Dallas, TX, Fort Worth, TX, & Frisco, TX

Arthritis affects over 54 million adults in the United States. Because arthritis in your feet and ankles can seriously lower your quality of life, the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration provides integrative treatment solutions in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Frisco, Texas. If you have pain, stiffness, or limited range of motion in your feet and ankles, see how surgeons Charles Cook, MD, and John Noack, MD, and their skilled team can help. Book an appointment at any location over the phone today.

Arthritis Q & A

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis, an umbrella term for hundreds of joint conditions, affects tissues in and around your joints. While arthritis can affect any of the joints in your body, this condition commonly affects your feet and ankle joints because they’re constantly under stress and pressure.

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, also known as wear-and-tear arthritis. Osteoarthritis tends to develop as you get older. Other types and causes of arthritis include:

  • Gout, linked to obesity, poor diet, and decreased kidney function
  • Post-traumatic arthritis, which occurs after an injury
  • Septic arthritis, an issue that can occur after infection

You may even suffer from rheumatic conditions and autoimmune diseases that affect your joints, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia. In any case, your risk of developing arthritis increases if it runs in your family. 

How does a doctor diagnose arthritis?

When you visit the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration for your arthritis evaluation, you can expect comprehensive care with a physician who listens to your concerns. To get to the root of your symptoms and confirm or rule out arthritis, your doctor may:

  • Order blood work
  • Check your joint mobility
  • Order an in-office X-ray
  • Check for swelling or inflammation
  • Order an MRI or CT scan
  • Discuss your family medical history

It’s important to let your orthopedist know about all the symptoms you have, no matter how minor or infrequent they may be. The Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration is dedicated to treating your arthritis pain and preventing the progression of the disease. 

What is the treatment for arthritis?

It’s important to get started on arthritis treatment at the first sign of symptoms to preserve your natural joint tissues. After conducting diagnostic testing, your orthopedist from the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration talks with you about your diagnosis and educates you about which treatments you may need. Usually, combining any of the following therapies helps with arthritis:

  • Dietary changes
  • Physical therapy 
  • Weight loss management
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Clinical-grade supplements 
  • Arthritis-specific medications 
  • Assistive, supportive aids, such as splints or braces

The Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration is home to highly skilled orthopedic surgeons. If conservative arthritis treatments aren’t effective or if you have severe arthritic deterioration, your doctor could recommend surgical repair. They can repair damaged tissues or even replace damaged joints if necessary.

Before your arthritis pain worsens, contact the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration to get started on a pain-relieving treatment. Call the office nearest you directly to schedule.