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Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative arthritis, is the most common form of arthritis and generally affects elderly patients.   In osteoarthritis, the cartilage deteriorates or is lost.  In the foot, the disease most frequently occurs in the big toe, although it is also often found in the mid-foot and ankle.  Arthritic feet can result in loss of mobility and independence.   However, early diagnosis and proper medical care can limit or slow the damage.

The symptoms of osteoarthritis may include one or more of the following:  pain in a joint either during or after use, or after a period of inactivity; tenderness when pressure is applied to the joint; swelling in or near the joint; joint stiffness and difficulty walking or bending the joint. An injury may also lead to osteoarthritis although it may take months or years after the injury for the condition to develop. 

Your foot and ankle surgeons at Ankle and Foot of Edmonds will examine your foot thoroughly, looking for swelling in the joint, limited mobility, pain with movement and may also take x-rays before making up your treatment plan.  Our physicians’ goal is to relieve your symptoms and they may achieve this by prescribing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s); recommend eating a well-balanced diet in order to maintain or arrive more quickly at a healthy bodyweight; add certain nutritional supplements to your diet; prescribe custom molded orthotics to provide support or cushioning; immobilization (boot) to allow the inflammation to resolve; steroid injections to provide anti-inflammatory medication directly to the joint; and may prescribe physical therapy.  Sometimes, surgery may be indicated and your ankle and foot surgeon will decide which procedure is best for you with a goal to decrease your pain and improve your function.

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