Arthritis Specialist

Boca Raton Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Boca Raton, FL

The often unpredictable pain associated with arthritis can have you feeling hopeless and unsure of what to do next. At Boca Raton Podiatry Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, and Jennifer Kazamias, DPM, know the daily challenges and tribulations that arthritis brings. Arthritis pain of the foot can be particularly challenging and leave you with a limp, but the committed podiatry team at Boca Raton Podiatry has many years of experience treating arthritis and provides exceptional services to relieve pain and improve quality of life. For effective podiatric care, call the Boca Raton, Florida, office today or book an appointment online.

Arthritis

What is arthritis?

Arthritis refers to a multitude of medical conditions involving painful joints and muscles and inflammation in one or more of your joints. Arthritis symptoms typically come and go in flares and can include: 

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Redness
  • Decreased mobility

Over time, arthritis can lead to joint deformity.


What causes arthritis?

Numerous factors can cause or worsen arthritis, such as:

  • Infections
  • Uric acid crystals
  • Underlying diseases

Some risk factors for arthritis might be out of your control, such as:

  • Previous joint injuries
  • Genetics
  • Aging
  • Family history

Lifestyle factors, including your nutrition and physical activity level, might also play a part in the development of arthritis.


What are the most common types of arthritis?

There are many forms of arthritis with osteoarthritis being the most common.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis involves gradual damage and wear-and-tear to your joint cartilage. The condition can be triggered or exacerbated by an infection or injury. 

More severe cases of osteoarthritis can lead to bone grinding directly on bone, severe pain, and limited mobility.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis happens when your immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsules (the synovial membrane). 

The hallmark symptom of rheumatoid arthritis is swollen and inflamed joints, particularly in the fingers. As the disease progresses, it can eventually destroy cartilage and bone.

Other inflammatory arthritic conditions

Some inflammatory arthritic conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis, can be associated with bacteria, genetics, and environmental factors.

Similar to rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis can be especially painful and also causes your immune system to attack itself, setting off widespread inflammation throughout the body. The widespread inflammation can even negatively impact other organ systems like the eyes.

Bone calcification and bone fusion can occur over time if arthritic conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis, aren’t properly treated and controlled.


How is arthritis treated?

After a diagnosis that usually involves a physical exam and certain testing, such as a convenient in-office X-ray, your podiatrist may suggest a number of treatments for your arthritis: 

  • Nutrition counseling
  • Regular exercising and stretching
  • Assistive devices (such as a cane)
  • Vitamin supplementation
  • Weight loss
  • Heat and cold therapies, such as ice packs and warm compresses
  • Medications, such as pain relievers, biologics, steroids, and anti-inflammatories

The friendly and experienced podiatrists at Boca Raton Podiatry are here to help manage and control your arthritis and enhance your physical functioning and quality of life. Call today or simply book online.