Over 54 million adults in the United States suffer from arthritis. Orthopedic surgeon Lanny Rudner, MD, and the team at Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists offer the most advanced arthritis treatments at their office in Beverly Hills, California. If you’re looking for an arthritis expert in the greater Los Angeles area, call or book an appointment online today.
Arthritis is inflammation in a joint, such as your ankle. You can have arthritis in only one joint, or the condition can affect multiple joints at the same time. There are many different types of arthritis, but the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis:
Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage, or slippery tissue that cushions the ends of your bones, breaks down and wears away. Over time, this may lead to bones grinding against one another, which causes pain and stiffness.
This type of arthritis occurs when your body’s immune system attacks the tissue that lines your joints. Eventually, this autoimmune disease can destroy cartilage and bone within the affected joint.
Arthritis symptoms vary depending on which type of the condition you have. The most common symptoms include pain and difficulty moving the affected joint. Symptoms may develop suddenly or appear slowly.
If you have foot or ankle pain, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rudner. Proper diagnosis and early intervention offer the best chance for managing arthritis.
Arthritis can affect men, women, and children of all ages. However, the risk of developing many types of this disease, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, increase with age.
Certain factors, such as having a family history of arthritis or being obese, may increase your risk of developing arthritis. Athletes or people with previous joint injuries may be at greater risk of developing arthritis in that joint.
First, Dr. Rudner performs a comprehensive physical exam and reviews your medical history. He checks for signs of arthritis in your foot or ankle, such as:
He also evaluates how well you can move the affected joint. Depending on your needs, he may also take blood or imaging tests to diagnose your particular type of arthritis.
Then, he recommends the best treatment modern medicine has to offer. This may begin with anti-inflammatory medicines and physical therapy. If your condition is severe or doesn’t improve with treatment, Dr. Rudner may recommend surgery to repair the joint. He’s an expert in minimally invasive and arthroscopic foot and ankle surgery as well as total ankle replacement surgery.
For the highest-quality arthritis treatment, call Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists or book a consultation online today.