Do you suffer from post-traumatic arthritis? It is one of three major forms of arthritis that may occur in a person’s foot and ankle region. As you may have already assumed, it develops over time and is brought on by injury. The injury sets off a chain reaction in the body that often results in the deterioration of joint surface cartilage and bone. As a consequence, people that have the condition should seek out arthritic foot care from a Des Peres podiatrist.
Although it is caused by an injury, post-traumatic arthritis has symptoms that are commonly associated with other forms of arthritis. They include fluid accumulation, pain, inflammation and reduced range of motion. Once the condition has taken hold, it can’t be cured. However, it may be treated with podiatrist-recommended arthritic foot care.
To confirm that your foot and ankle problems are a result of post-traumatic arthritis, a podiatrist will typically conduct a battery of tests. The tests may include an MRI, X-rays, CT scans, joint fluid tests and blood work. Be prepared. The amount of lab work needed may prove to be extensive. Depending on your podiatrist, he or she may ask the lab techs to check your blood for rheumatoid factor and antinuclear antibodies as well determine your erythrocyte sedimentation rate and complete blood count. As for the synovial fluid, most podiatrists will have it checked for uric acid crystals and bacteria.
After the test results are in, the podiatrist will be able to make an accurate diagnosis and come up with an arthritic foot care plan. If you do have post-traumatic arthritis, the arthritic foot care plan may include a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, special footwear, shoe inserts and surgical interventions. The list of surgical interventions includes, but is not limited to, injury debridement, joint surface cartilage reconstruction, midfoot fusion and total ankle replacement. To learn more about arthritic foot care plans and determine which one is right for you, contact your local Des Peres podiatry office to schedule a consultation.
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