Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care in Parker, Colorado
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Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care
Your feet are marvels of engineering. Each one contains 30 bones and 28 joints. These components are tough and durable, but they’re also susceptible to arthritis. At Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine in Parker, Colorado, podiatrists Kevin Blue, DPM, FACFAS, Ryan Muchowski, DPM, and the team provide arthritic foot and ankle care to adult patients. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book one online today.
Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine Reviews
I got in quickly, started treatment, will have a followup. Easy ability to contact for information. My visit initiated with the doctor. In-office x-rays, specialization. All around foot care.
Everyone was great,Very professional. I was totally impressed with the DR.
I had a very positive experience on my visit to Dr M. The office staff was efficient and friendly. I was examined, diagnosed and treated very effectively by Dr. M and was on my way in no time. I would highly recommend this office.
Dr. Muchowski is amazing! He has been working with us for approx. 2 years. His care and understanding for sports injury's is first class. I would recommend him to all athletes having any pain or injury.
I had a really bad ingrown toenail. It was the week of Thanksgiving and when I called, understandably there were no appointments available but Jazzy got me scheduled for the very next appointment available the following Tuesday. Dr. Muchowksi was fantastic! He got my toe sorted out quickly and with the utmost skill and care. He gave clear post-procedure care instructions and the toe looks and feels great. I can't speak highly enough of the professionalism and kindness of all of the staff here! Hopefully I won't have to see you all too soon (hehe) but if I have any issues, you all have a patient for life!
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Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care FAQs
What is foot and ankle arthritis?
Foot and ankle arthritis is a chronic condition that causes your joints to become swollen and generally irritated. Over time, this causes pain, inflammation, and in serious cases, immobility.
There are several types of foot and ankle arthritis, including:
Osteoarthritis, or wear-and-tear arthritis, occurs when cartilage –– a soft, cushion-like substance that pads your joints –– breaks down and wears away. This causes your bones to rub up against one another, resulting in stiffness and discomfort.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to attack the lining of your joints (synovium). As the synovium becomes swollen and irritated, it damages the bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments in your feet and ankles. Over time, this can result in a deformity or disability.
If you experience a foot and ankle fracture or dislocate your ankle, you might develop post-traumatic arthritis. Like osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis causes your cartilage to wear away. Research shows that injured joints are about seven times more likely to become arthritic compared to healthy joints.
What is arthritic foot and ankle care?
Arthritic foot and ankle care is a branch of podiatry focused on diagnosing and treating foot and ankle arthritis. Your doctor works with each patient to treat pain, improve mobility, and prevent further complications.
There’s no cure for foot and ankle arthritis, but it’s possible to keep symptoms in check. With proper care, you can return to your favorite activities, including walking, playing sports, or biking and swimming.
What is an arthritic foot and ankle care appointment like?
An arthritic foot and ankle care appointment begins with a review of your medical history and a discussion of your lifestyle and symptoms. Afterward, your provider physically examines your feet and ankles, checking for areas of warmth, tenderness, and swelling.
Next, your physician has you walk around the exam room and perform a series of range-of-motion exercises. This allows them to observe your gait and posture. They also order lab tests and diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI, to rule out other potential problems like a fracture or dislocated joint.
How are foot and ankle arthritis treated?
Treatment of foot and ankle arthritis depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. Usually, the Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine team recommends conservative, noninvasive measures like losing weight to reduce stress on your joints, minimizing activities that aggravate the condition, and switching from high-impact to low-impact activities.
If your pain persists or gets worse, you might benefit from physical therapy, supportive devices like braces or custom orthotics, and prescription medications. If your arthritis is severe, surgical intervention may be necessary.
To learn more about the benefits of arthritic foot and ankle care, schedule an appointment at Colorado Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine. Call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.