Posts for tag: Ankle Arthritis

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
July 07, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Arthritis  

Ankle Arthritis is debilitating, making simple things like walking and running difficult. Dr. Mark Moss of Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates in Houston and Pearland TX offers his patients several treatment options to deal with arthritis. Talk to your Houston Ankle Arthritis specialists today.

More About Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints. This degenerative condition leads to increased fluid in the joints and about 55 million U.S. adults are diagnosed annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and "by 2040, an estimated 78 million (26%) U.S adults aged 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis."

Symptoms of arthritis in the foot and ankle:

Arthritic ankles may result in loss of mobility but early diagnosis and proper medical care by your Houston Ankle Arthritis doctor can limit or slow the damage. For early detection, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Early morning stiffness and limited motion of joint
  • Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint
  • Redness, swelling, or heat in the joint
  • Skin changes (rashes and growths)

Ankle Arthritis Treatment:

Treatment options from your Houston Ankle Arthritis professional can vary from conservative non-surgical treatments to more invasive options like total ankle replacement.

1. Conservative Treatment Options:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Topical pain medications
  • Ankle bracing and supportive orthotics
  • Steroid injections in joints
  • Physical Therapy

2. Surgical Treatment Options Offered in Houston and Pearland:

Minor Surgeries:

  • Ankle arthroscopy is when the diseased cartilage is cleaned out.
  • Cartilage implant with stem cells regrows cartilage and Dr. Moss is one of few doctors who performs this procedure.
  • Arthroplasty and exostectomies are for repairing damaged joints.
  • Osteotomies reposition the affected joint to alleviate pressure.

Major Surgeries:

  • Total Ankle Replacement with implant


Need a consultation?

For more information about ankle arthritis treatment from Dr. Mark Moss, contact him at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates by calling his Houston, TX, office at (281) 484-2400, or his Pearland, TX, location at (281) 485-2988.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
April 26, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Ankle Arthritis  

Arthritis is a joint-related condition that affects over 54 million Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It ankle arthritiscan affect the ankle joints, making it difficult to move around, exercise, and get from point A to point B on foot. If you have the symptoms of ankle arthritis, explore your treatment options at Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates in Pearland and Houston, TX.

Ankle Arthritis Causes
Ankle arthritis often occurs after the ankle is injured or sprained, which is more common in athletes. The joints can also become inflamed due to an infection, disease, immunodeficiency disorder, or deposits. Some patients are prone to arthritic conditions due to heredity. They may have a parent or other relative who has this condition. Ankle arthritis can also develop due to the natural process of aging or from being obese for a long period of time. Over time the joints become weak, stretched, swollen, and irritated.

Treating Ankle Arthritis
The treatment your Pearland or Houston, TX podiatrist chooses for ankle arthritis may vary depending on the severity of your case. In some cases, arthritis symptoms can be relieved by simply taking anti-inflammatory pain medication. A corticosteroid injection into the joints may also provide pain relief. You might also benefit from orthotics, braces, joint lubricants, and physical therapy. If surgery is required, you and your podiatrist may need to talk about ankle arthroscopy, total ankle replacement, or a similar procedure.

Ankle Health Tips
There are everyday steps you can take to avoid problems with ankle arthritis and to reduce the symptoms. Here are a few simple tips:
- Make sure your ankle is getting the proper support from a good quality shoe.
- If you’re an athlete, have a professional wrap your ankles before important games and practices.
- Consult your doctor about dietary changes.

Seek Help for Arthritis Symptoms
Arthritis can be a painful and stressful condition to deal with, especially when it interferes with your ability to walk and stand. Call (281) 485-2988 or (281) 484-2400 to ask for help with ankle arthritis. Dr. Mark Moss is a skilled podiatrist serving patients in Pearland and Houston, TX.