Arthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a chronic condition that leads to unbearable joint pain and stiffness. Even though over 100 types of arthritis exist, some of the most common types of arthritis include:
- Osteoarthritis from wear-and-tear
Gouty arthritis from uric acid buildup
Rheumatoid arthritis caused by an autoimmune disease
Septic arthritis caused by an underlying infection
You can even develop arthritic joint inflammation if you had an injury in the past. For instance, if you suffered from a broken ankle or dislocation years ago, your chances of developing post-traumatic arthritis in the injured area increase.
How do I know if I have arthritis?
Even though the only way to know for sure if you have arthritis is to have a full examination, in many cases, you can tell that arthritis might be developing due to certain symptoms. Usually, arthritis leads to:
- Decreased range of motion
Swelling or tenderness in your joints
Warmth or redness over the affected joints
Difficulty walking or bearing weight on the foot
It’s normal to experience a little joint pain after a workout, intense sporting event, or accident. But if joint pain is starting to affect you on a regular basis, it’s time to schedule an arthritis evaluation at Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center right away.
After performing and reviewing digital X-rays — offered right in the office — and evaluating your feet and ankles, Dr. Bregman talks with you about your symptoms and determines the best course of treatment.
Can arthritis be treated?
Yes, and arthritis is progressive, meaning that it’s only going to get worse if you don’t have it treated as soon as possible. The goals of your arthritis treatment plan from Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center are to relieve any current discomfort and inflammation you’re experiencing, while simultaneously preserving your healthy joint tissue. Your personalized arthritis treatment plan may include:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Prescription arthritis medications
Amniotic or stem cell injections or exosomes
Plus, the team at Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center specializes in cutting-edge regenerative treatments, so they can even harvest stem cells from your own bone marrow or use cryopreserved donor umbilical stem cells or use the latest exosomes. Over time, you should experience significantly decreased pain and inflammation*.
Book your arthritis evaluation at Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center today. Click on the online booking feature, or call the clinic directly.
* Individual results may vary.