Podiatry Experts in Bradenton & Tampa Areas
Dr. Jason Spector and Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists are dedicated to providing the highest quality foot and ankle care for patients in Bradenton, Tampa, Sarasota, and Lakewood Ranch. Our team of highly knowledgeable specialists has extensive experience in treating all forms of arthritis, from osteoarthritis to rheumatoid arthritis. We use a comprehensive approach to diagnose and treat a range of conditions that affect the feet and ankles.
At Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists, we understand the impact that arthritis can have on our patients’ lives. The team at Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists remains committed to delivering comprehensive care utilizing minimally invasive methods whenever possible. We tailor individualized treatment plans based on each patient’s specific injury or condition so they can get back on their feet as quickly as possible with minimal disruption to their daily life. For those who require more complex care options, Dr. Jason Spector is an expert in surgical treatments for arthritis in the foot or ankle area utilizing cutting-edge techniques that ensure fast recovery times with optimal results.
If you are suffering from any type of foot or ankle pain please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our team of specialists can provide the care you need to get back on your feet in no time.
Please reach out or call 941-241-5333
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis (inflammation to a joint) can affect any joint of the foot or ankle. This typically produces pain, swelling and warmth. It eventually can lead to destruction of the joint resulting in deformity, stiffness, decreased range of motion, and the inability to ambulate normally.
There are numerous forms of arthritis including ankle arthritis. The most common type in the foot is called osteoarthritis. Other forms include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, septic arthritis, and gout to name a few.
Osteoarthritis is characterized by a destruction of cartilage within a joint. This typically stems from repetitive stress on a joint that is breaking down. It is a degenerative process and typically advances with age. Joint cartilage is the smooth, hard tissue that covers the end of the bones at the joint. This is essential for the normal function of a joint as it helps protect the bones during movement. When the cartilage is broken down, it can cause joint space narrowing, extra bone formation and cystic formation (pockets of fluid within the bone). When the bones are no longer covered by this smooth surface, mechanical rubbing will continue to precipitate inflammation and pain. Common reasons for development of osteoarthritis are trauma or underlying biomechanical abnormalities that precipitate increased strain on a joint.
Diagnosis typically starts with obtaining X-rays to evaluate the bony architecture of your feet. Advanced imaging studies such as CT or MRI are sometimes recommended after a thorough clinical evaluation is performed. Nonsurgical treatment is typically the first approach and can be effective to help relieve symptoms. As the foot and ankle arthritis continues to progress, surgery may become the recommended course of treatment. Come see us at Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists today for proper evaluation and treatment of ankle arthritis.
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