Roughly 55 million adults in the United States are diagnosed with some form of arthritis every year. Under the direction of New York’s top podiatrist, Terry Robertson, DPM, the team at New York Foot Center offers cutting-edge arthritis treatments. Before living another day with arthritis pain, book an evaluation online or call the clinic in Yorkville, Upper East Side to schedule your visit begin your treatment.
There are more than 100 types of arthritis, many of which have different causes. The three most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis.
Osteoarthritis tends to develop as you age. It’s known as a degenerative, or wear and tear, type of arthritis. Any discomfort you feel stems from the gradual breakdown of cartilage and protective cushioning barriers.
With rheumatoid arthritis, your body’s immune system starts attacking your body’s tissues. This autoimmune disorder causes the protective coating in your joints, called the synovium, to break down. Over time, your bones start rubbing against each other, causing pain.
Post-traumatic arthritis occurs after you have an injury or experience trauma. If you break your ankle, for instance, you’re more likely to develop arthritis in the injured joint. Medical experts report that injured joints make you seven times more likely to suffer from arthritis than someone without an injury.
The only way to know for sure if you have arthritis is to have a thorough exam with Dr. Robertson that includes X-rays. Some of the initial red flags that you have arthritis include:
The symptoms you experience depend on which joints are affected and which type of arthritis you have. Because arthritis develops gradually, you’ll probably notice that your symptoms worsen over time.
Treating arthritis depends on the type of arthritis and the severity of your symptoms. Dr. Robertson typically uses a conservative approach first. Your plan can include:
If your symptoms don’t improve with these treatments, Dr. Robertson may suggest surgery. He uses minimally-invasive arthroscopic techniques to remove loose joint cartilage and inflamed synovial tissue. If needed, he can also smooth out any bone spurs that are worsening your condition.
Schedule your arthritis evaluation at New York Foot Center either online or over the phone to determine the best course of treatment for your arthritis.