Foot Arthritis Treatment in Lakewood, CA
Our 5-Star-Rated Podiatrist Can Help Restore Your Mobility
There are many different types of arthritis – the most common for feet and ankles are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis can cause severe pain in the joints of the feet and ankles. Thanks to our state-of-the-art technology and our podiatrist’s extensive training, you can experience 5-star-rated ankle and foot arthritis treatment in Lakewood, CA, at Tagaloa-Tulifau Foot & Ankle Center.
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to attack your joints in a similar way to how it would fight off an infection. This causes inflammation in your joints that inhibits your mobility. Left untreated, the inflammation can eventually cause the cartilage in your joints to break down, causing significant pain and further inhibiting your mobility.
Rheumatoid arthritis, which approximately 1.5 million Americans suffer from, can affect more than just your joints, and it is important that you seek treatment right away if you believe you suffer from this condition.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis goes by a few different names, including degenerative joint disease and degenerative arthritis. Whatever term you use, you are not alone if you suffer from osteoarthritis in your feet or ankles. Approximately 27 million Americans live with osteoarthritis every day.
This chronic condition causes the cartilage in your joints to break down, causing pain and inhibiting a joint’s ability to move. The big toe is the most common part of the foot to be affected by osteoarthritis.
Posttraumatic Arthritis in The Ankles
If you suffered a past injury to your ankle, that injury can cause the cartilage in your joints to wear away. This condition is called posttraumatic arthritis. This form of arthritis acts similarly to osteoarthritis.
Treatments for Arthritis in the Foot or Ankle
There are a variety of treatments available for those suffering from arthritis. Our podiatrist will recommend the best options for you based on your specific case.
Potential initial treatments may include one or some of the following:
- Custom orthotics to relieve pressure on the painful joints
- Corticosteroid injections, which reduce inflammation
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Icing the joint
- Shoe recommendations
- Stretching exercises
- Wearing splints at night to stretch your foot or ankle while you sleep
- Physical therapy to offer pain relief and promote healing
- Surgery is always considered as a last resort for arthritis treatment. If all other options have been ineffective, surgery may be recommended for cases where prolonged arthritis has caused damage to your foot or ankle
The best way to address your arthritis pain is to see our experienced podiatrist right away for a consultation. During the initial exam, our doctor will examine your foot and ankle, learn your medical history, and discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing. Your treatment recommendation will take your needs into account, as well as our doctor’s medical evaluation.
Experience Effective Ankle & Foot Arthritis Treatment in Lakewood, CA
To experience our 5-star-rated podiatry care, schedule your Dr. Tulifau New Patient Consultation today by calling 562-925-3055 or clicking here to use our convenient online request form. Your appointment includes:
- Discuss Your Goals
- Review Your Medical History
- Thorough Exam
- Custom Treatment Plan
We will take the time to explore your unique needs and answer your questions prior to recommending the next steps. We always provide a straightforward plan with a consultative approach to help you feel comfortable and ready to proceed with treatment.
As one of the premier podiatry practices in Lakewood, CA, our podiatrist and team at Tagaloa-Tulifau Foot & Ankle Center also provide 5-star podiatry care to patients from Long Beach, Cerritos & Bellflower, CA & the surrounding areas.