Animas Foot & Ankle -  - Podiatry

Animas Foot & Ankle

Podiatry located in Durango, CO

Though arthritis anywhere in your body can certainly cause unbearable joint pain, the primary issue with foot and ankle arthritis is you’re left in agonizing pain with each step. Before arthritis starts lowering your quality of life, learn how the leading podiatrists at Animas Foot & Ankle in Durango, Colorado, can help. Schedule your arthritis evaluation by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling your closest office directly.

Arthritis Q & A

What Causes Arthritis?

With more than 100 known types of arthritis, many causes and risk factors can trigger your chronic joint pain. Arthritis is a chronic condition that leads to lingering inflammation and swelling in your joints. You can develop arthritis due to:

  • Family history of arthritis
  • Previous injury to the area
  • Autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Wear-and-tear (osteoarthritis)

Sometimes, your weight and diet are to blame, too. With gouty arthritis, for instance, being overweight and having a diet high in purines — such as shellfish, red meat, and alcohol — can lead to the formation of uric acid crystals. These sharp, jagged crystals build up in your joints and cause severe pain during a flare-up.

How Do I Know if I Have Arthritis?

One of the most notorious signs of arthritis is, of course, joint pain. But as the condition progresses, you can start experiencing a wide variety of issues. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Redness over a joint
  • Joint swelling or inflammation
  • Limited range of motion
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot

You could even find that your joints seem overly stiff after long periods of inactivity, often while taking your first steps after waking up in the morning. Because arthritis is progressive, the condition is only going to get worse without proper treatment.

What is the Treatment for Arthritis?

Although no cure exists for arthritis, the skilled podiatry team at Animas Foot & Ankle offers plenty of solutions to relieve pain and discomfort, improve joint movement, and delay the disease’s progression. Your arthritis treatment plan may include:  

  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Specialized shoes
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Prescription arthritis medications

In severe cases, you might need surgery to treat arthritis. The skilled podiatric surgeons at Animas Foot & Ankle use arthroscopic and minimally invasive techniques to repair your joint and remove damaged tissues. If needed, they can even replace your joint with an artificial joint, such as with a total ankle replacement.

Book your arthritis evaluation at Animas Foot & Ankle today. You can either request an appointment online or over the phone.

What we offer

Foot & Ankle Services