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Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care Specialist

InStride Family Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Concord, NC & Charlotte, NC

Throughout your lifetime, it’s common to walk as much as 75,000 miles or more, which leads to serious stress on your feet. Because wear-and-tear, injuries and other issues can increase your risk of painful arthritis, InStride Family Foot Care, with locations in Albemarle, Concord, Matthews, Wake Forest, Gastonia, and Monroe, as well as two clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers integrative arthritic foot and ankle care. Whether you recently started experiencing joint pain or have a long history of arthritis, schedule an exam to see how the team can help. Book your arthritic foot and ankle care exam online or call any office directly to speak with a team member.

Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care Q&A

Why do I need arthritic foot and ankle care?

Whether you have early or advanced stages of arthritis, ongoing arthritic foot and ankle care is essential. The issue with arthritis is that it’s progressive — there is no cure. However, the condition is entirely manageable and your podiatrist can even delay or stop the progression of arthritis. 

Arthritic foot and ankle care is a personalized approach to managing your chronic condition. It’s beneficial to:

  • Relieve and prevent pain
  • Restore your joint mobility
  • Prevent joint stiffness

Living with arthritis can lower your quality of life if left untreated. But with ongoing arthritic foot and ankle care from InStride Family Foot Care, you can get the treatment you need and get back to doing the things you enjoy. 

When do I need to see a podiatrist for arthritis care?

If you have any kind of joint pain and inflammation, whether it’s occasional or daily, come in to InStride Family Foot Care for an evaluation. It’s important to get started on arthritic foot and ankle care if you have:

  • Limited range of motion
  • Difficulty walking or standing
  • A history of foot or ankle fractures

You should also get started on arthritic foot and ankle care at InStride Family Foot Care if you have additional foot complications, such as bunions, hammertoes, or neuromas — conditions often associated with arthritis. Rest assured, once you get started on treatment, you won’t have to suffer from serious joint pain another day. 

How does a podiatrist treat arthritis?

Diagnosing arthritis — more than 100 types exist — involves taking digital X-ray or ultrasound images, looking over your medical records, and possibly ordering blood work. Once your dedicated podiatrist at InStride Family Foot Care diagnoses you, they can provide solutions to improve your joint health. Your arthritic foot and ankle care plan may include:

  • Dietary changes 
  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Weight loss management
  • Topical numbing creams 
  • Roomier footwear or diabetic shoes
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Specialized strengthening and flexibility exercises

Surgery is the next step if conservative arthritic care isn’t effective. The foot and ankle surgeons at InStride Family Foot Care provide minimally invasive procedures to remove deteriorated cartilage and repair or replace parts of your joint. Modern arthritis surgeries are highly effective for restoring your joint functions. 

If you have joint pain or a history of arthritis, contact InStride Family Foot Care for an exam. Click on the online scheduler or call to book over the phone with the office nearest you.