Arthritis Specialist

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics

Podiatry located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and Chicago, IL

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among American adults today. If you suffer from debilitating joint pain, the team of doctors that includes Khalid Husain, DPM; Gene Choi, DPM; Jennifer Kirchens, DPM; and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, has the highest level of expertise to treat you. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

When inflammation surrounds your joints and causes pain, the condition is called arthritis. It’s mostly associated with adults, although children can develop the condition, as well. It can affect any joint in your body, but mostly shows up in joints that carry weight. Typically, you can get arthritis in your spine, hips, and knees. Arthritis can cause swelling and pain and can lead to a lack of movement.

What are the different types of arthritis?

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, but the most common types include:

Osteoarthritis

This type of arthritis is the most common. It’s also known as “wear and tear” arthritis because it develops from the wearing down of the cartilage, which ultimately leads to your bones rubbing together, causing swelling and pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis

This is an autoimmune disease that appears when the lining of your body’s joints are attacked by your very own immune system, which can cause permanent damage.

Psoriatic arthritis

This autoimmune disease looks much like rheumatoid arthritis, however, it can also attack your skin by producing too many skin cells, which can lead to psoriasis.

Even though there are different types of arthritis, most are treated with anti-inflammatory agents.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Symptoms of arthritis appear in and around your joints. You may experience any or all of the following if you have arthritis:

  • Pain in your joints
  • Redness on and around your joints
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling on and around your joints
  • Poor range of motion

If you notice any of these symptoms, visit your physician at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics to receive expert care.

How is arthritis treated?

Arthritis can make your life uncomfortable, but personalized treatment can reduce your pain and improve your mobility. Treatments may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory agents
  • Physical therapy
  • Biological injections
  • Steroid injections
  • Heat therapy
  • Cold therapy
  • Surgery

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics has proven techniques to treat your arthritic pain. If you’re limping or struggling in your movement, the practice’s surgical and nonsurgical options can get you back on your feet.

If you’re wanting relief from your arthritis, Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics’ expert team can help you. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.