Arthritis, Joint Preservation, And Replacement Specialist

Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Crown Point, IN & Munster, IN

As you age, the cartilage in your joints can diminish, leading to pain, inflammation, and issues with mobility. Arthritis can impact anyone in any joint, and the team of board-certified physicians at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute understands the pain and discomfort it can cause. Instead of suffering in silence, consider seeing what options Dr. Michael Lacey, Dr. Harry Moffitt, and Dr. Bernard Rerri offer at their offices in Crown Point and Munster, Indiana. Go online or call the office today to schedule your initial consultation.

Arthritis, Joint Preservation, and Replacement Q & A

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Although arthritis manifests in many ways, the condition has common signs and symptoms. You may experience joint pain and inflammation. Your joints may swell or become stiff. You may have issues with mobility or notice a decrease in range of motion. In some cases, your joints may become red.

Arthritis can form in any joint from your shoulders to your toes. Some of the most commonly affected areas include the:

  • Shoulders
  • Knees
  • Spine
  • Hips
  • Fingers
  • Elbows
  • Ankles

What are the different types of arthritis?

There are multiple types of arthritis that can impact your joints. Some of the most common include:

  • Osteoarthritis: The most common form of the condition, osteoarthritis results when the cartilage between the bones in your joints wears away
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: A chronic autoimmune condition, rheumatoid arthritis attacks the lining of your joints, creating inflammation
  • Psoriatic arthritis: Psoriatic arthritis tends to affect larger joints and is often accompanied by psoriasis, a drying, autoimmune skin condition
  • Gout: Resulting from too much uric acid in the blood, gout causes pain, irritation, and  redness in your joints, especially your elbows, knees, ankles, and big toe joint
  • Post-traumatic arthritis: Post-traumatic arthritis results after a joint injury or trauma

How is arthritis treated?

The severity of your arthritis and how it affects your daily functioning determines how your doctor opts to treat it.

For mild cases, the team at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute may recommend at-home remedies or medications to manage your discomfort and slow the progression of your condition. They may suggest using heat and ice on sore joints or assistive devices when necessary.

A daily exercise routine, which involves strength training, can also reduce your arthritis symptoms, as can reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.

When further treatment is needed, your doctor may recommend joint injections or braces. In some cases, stem cell or biologic injections can improve joint function. In more severe cases of arthritis, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure. Depending on your needs, they may suggest joint repair, replacement, or fusion.

If you’re ready to find a permanent solution to your arthritis pain, it’s time to contact Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute. Call the office today to schedule your appointment or go online to book.

At Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute, we focus on arthritis, joint Preservation, and replacement of the following:

  • Shoulders 
  • Knees 
  • Spine 
  • Hips 
  • Fingers 
  • Elbows 
  • Ankles