Foot Arthritis Treatments in Southern California

Foot pain can greatly impact your quality of life because you count on your feet to help you get around. When walking becomes painful, you may cut back on your beloved activities. For some people, foot pain is due to arthritis.

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, so determining what’s going on and finding relief can be a challenge. The podiatrists at Align Foot & Ankle Center are ready to help you find solutions that make it easier for you to live the life you deserve.

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Why Is Foot Arthritis So Painful?

Having arthritis in the feet means there’s damage to the joints in the foot. The type of damage and the treatments you need depends on what’s causing the problem. The doctor will examine your feet and discuss your medical history to determine how to help you.

Foot arthritis can impact the joints, which can put pressure on the nearby tendons, ligaments and muscles. You may feel pain and stiffness in the affected areas, which can change the way you walk. Some changes in the way you walk could have a negative impact on your spinal alignment, which could cause more pain throughout the body.

What Are Some Common Forms of Foot Arthritis?

There are many forms of arthritis that can affect the foot and ankle but listed are the 3 most common ones:


  • Osteoarthritis: This form of arthritis is due to wear and tear on the joints. It’s often associated with bone-on-bone contact and bone spurs.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis:This is an autoimmune condition that can lead to the synovium that covers the joints becoming swollen. This puts pressure on the cartilage, bone, tendons and ligaments to the point that they become damaged and deformed.
  • Post-traumatic arthritis: This occurs after you suffer an injury to the area. You may not notice that you have post-traumatic arthritis for many years after the injury occurs.
Man with foot arthritis in health care lying on the bed

How Is Foot Arthritis Treated?

There are several things that can help to treat foot arthritis, but none of these are cures. The doctor may prescribe physical therapy to help reduce the pressure on the impacted joints. Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories might help with the swelling.

Sometimes, cortisone injections provide temporary relief to help you get started on another treatment plan. Orthotic braces and lifestyle modifications can help some patients cope with the pain of foot arthritis.

When no other treatments work, surgery might be in order. The type of surgery depends on the damage that’s been done. There are three primary types of surgery that may provide relief from the foot pain associated with arthritis:

  • Ankle replacement
  • Bone fusion
  • Arthroscopic debridement
  • Great toe joint replacement
  • Lesser toe joint replacement

The doctor will discuss the treatment recommendations for your case so you can start to feel the benefits as quickly as possible.

Contact Align Foot & Ankle Center Today

You don’t have to continue living with foot pain. Give Align Foot & Ankle Center a call today to schedule your consultation. We have two offices to serve you — call 805-482-0711 to reach our Camarillo office or 805-965-1515 to get in touch with our Santa Barbara office. We’re ready to help you get on the path to healthy feet and ankles.

Doctor conducting ultrasound examination of patient's foot prior to treatment of arthritis in feet

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"I've always believed in exhausting conservative treatment over surgery. Over the years in practice, I've kept many people out of the operating room. Even then, the patients who have been taken to surgery are extremely pleased with their results. I will do all I can to get you moving again...without pain or discomfort!"

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