Arthritis

Animas Foot & Ankle -  - Podiatry

Animas Foot & Ankle

Podiatry located throughout New Mexico

By 2040, the CDC estimates that around 78 million Americans over age 18 will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. The podiatrists at Animas Foot & Ankle provide proven-successful treatment methods to manage arthritis and relieve arthritis pain of the feet and ankles. Don’t let arthritis pain get in the way of your daily life, call the Farmington, Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Taos, or Los Alamos, New Mexico, location or click to book your appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is an umbrella term for a number of conditions involving inflammation of one or more joints in your body. This results in various symptoms, such as pain, stiffness, swelling, fatigue, and often restricted mobility. There are over 100 different types of arthritis that can affect children and adults.

The feet and ankles are commonly affected joints, but any joint in your body can experience the effects of arthritis. People with arthritis often have difficulty with some everyday activities, such as climbing stairs or walking.

What are Some of the Different Types of Arthritis that can Affect the Foot and Ankle?

The most common types of arthritis that affect the foot and ankle are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and posttraumatic arthritis.

  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes a progressive weakening of the bones. Osteoarthritis can affect people of any age, but it’s more common with aging and in those over age 50. The cartilage in the joint degenerates over time and the necessary protective space between the bones decreases. In some instances, the bones can rub together and cause friction, pain, bone spurs, and inflammation.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease – where your immune system attacks and damages your own body tissue, gradually softening the bones. This chronic arthritic disease usually involves multiple joints in your body simultaneously. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the synovial membrane covering your joint and causes pain, swelling, and restricted mobility.
  • Posttraumatic Arthritis: Posttraumatic arthritis occurs after an injury to your foot or ankle. In many cases, it can occur years after the injury. One example of this is when a broken bone damages the joint surface. Posttraumatic arthritis is typically caused by broken bones and ligament or tendon tears.


What are the Treatments for Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle?

Your Animas Foot & Ankle podiatrist diagnoses your arthritis with a physical exam, medical history, laboratory work to check for inflammation, and imaging technology, such as digital X-rays and weight-bearing lower extremity CT scan.

Following diagnosis, your podiatrist might recommend various treatments for your foot or ankle arthritis, such as:

  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Shockwave therapy and MLS laser therapy
  • Physical exercise programs
  • Medications, such as DMARDs or anti-inflammatories
  • Weight loss, if necessary
  • Assistive devices and custom orthotics, such as walkers, canes, or special shoes
  • Ice and heat packs
  • Surgery, such as ankle replacement surgery


Get your arthritis under control with the help of the professional Animas Foot & Ankle specialists. Call the location nearest you or book online.

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Foot & Ankle Services