The Foot and Ankle Sports Institute
Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist serving North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, and surrounding Los Angeles, CA areas
Arthritis is a common condition that affects the health and function of your joints. Dr. Martina Randall offers a wide range of treatments to help manage your arthritis symptoms and get you back to your normal routines. Serving the North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Agoura Hills, and surrounding Los Angeles, CA areas, The Foot and Ankle Sports Institute provides exceptional and compassionate patient care. To speak with a skilled foot and ankle surgeon about your arthritis, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Arthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a very common condition that affects an estimated 22% of adults in the United States.
Arthritis is actually an umbrella term that refers to several different conditions that cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. Two of the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Most people with arthritis suffer from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis refers to wear-and-tear that breaks down the cartilage in your joints. Cartilage is a firm tissue that cushions the ends of your bones and allows your joints to move easily.
Osteoarthritis typically develops gradually over time. As the cartilage continues to break down, your bones can begin to rub against each other.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to the wear-and-tear on your joints, including:
- Joint injuries
- Repetitive stress
- Bone deformities
Osteoarthritis is most common among people over the age of 50. Issues like obesity or certain repetitive activities can increase stress to your joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to attack your joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes painful symptoms and dysfunction to your joints. Although rheumatoid arthritis can affect any of the joints throughout your body, it commonly affects the joints in the feet.
Other types of arthritis include gout, reactive arthritis, and septic arthritis.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Symptoms of arthritis include:
- Stiffness (especially in the morning)
- Warmth near your joints
- Restricted movement
Without treatment, arthritis can have a major impact on your mobility and overall quality of life. If you notice symptoms, Dr. Randall can determine the best way to treat your condition.
How is arthritis treated?
Treatment depends on the type and severity of your arthritis. Before recommending treatment, Dr. Randall performs an in-depth examination, including a physical exam and a review of your medical history. In some cases, your foot and ankle surgeon may conduct additional tests like an X-ray, ultrasound, or blood test.
After your examination, your provider works with you to develop an effective treatment plan. Depending on your condition, your treatment plan may include:
- Physical therapy
In severe cases, your provider may recommend surgery to repair or replace a damaged joint.
To find out which treatment is right for your arthritis, call the offices of Dr. Martina Randall or request an appointment online today.