What are my treatment options for ankle arthritis?

Treatments for ankle arthritis depend on what type you have. Osteoarthritis often responds to mild exercise, stretching, and over-the-counter pain relievers.

Rheumatoid arthritis may require steroids and prescription anti-inflammatory pain meds.

Gouty arthritis may mean watching your diet for foods that trigger an attack and taking medications to help expel excess uric acid from your blood.

Traumatic arthritis often affects joints that have been previously injured. Your best defense is to let all sprains and fractures heal completely before resuming activity, but if arthritis still sets in physical therapy and medications may help relieve the symptoms. Sometimes custom foot orthotics can help realign the bones of your feet and ankles to reduce stress on the joints.

Psoriatic arthritis may be helped by controlling the underlying psoriasis, but will also benefit from treatments to reduce pain and inflammation.

As you can see, arthritis is a complicated disease and what works for one person may have no benefit for another. Let the podiatric experts at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center in Colorado help you find the treatment that works for you. Call (303) 423-2520 for an appointment at out Golden, Wheat Ridge, or other Denver area offices today.