Arthritis

Massachusetts & New Hampshire Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatry located in Somerville, MA & Londonderry, NH

Arthritis is a chronic, painful condition that can affect any of the joints in your body, including your feet and ankles. If you have arthritis, outstanding podiatrist Pasquale Cancelliere, DPM, can help at New Hampshire Foot and Ankle Specialists. Dr. Cancelliere provides exceptional care for people living in Londonderry, New Hampshire, and Sommerville, Massachusetts, and who are experiencing foot and ankle problems like arthritis. Call New Hampshire Foot and Ankle Specialists today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is an umbrella term for numerous arthritic diseases that cause joint pain and dysfunction.

Different types of arthritis affect the joint linings and cartilage that protect your bones in different ways, but almost every variety wears away or degrades them, leaving the bones exposed. If they’re exposed, the ends of the bones start rubbing against one another. This leads to friction, irritation, and inflammation that causes pain and stiffness.

Osteoarthritis is the most familiar form of the disease. It’s typically age-related, affecting people from around the age of 50 onward. The wear-and-tear that takes place during your life through normal use of your joints leads to deterioration of the cartilage protecting the bones, and it eventually erodes.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Typical arthritis symptoms include:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint inflammation
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Trouble walking
  • Problems bearing weight

You could have additional symptoms depending on the type of arthritis you have. For instance, rheumatoid arthritis can cause fever and loss of appetite.

Knowing which type of arthritis you have can help Dr. Cancelliere create a treatment plan for you, making diagnostic testing crucial. 

What treatments are there for arthritis?

Dr. Cancelliere treats every patient as an individual and tailors your treatment plan to suit your particular condition. Your personalized plan might contain treatments such as:

  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Steroid injections
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Supportive shoe pads
  • Orthotic insoles
  • Leg braces
  • Custom shoes 
  • Physical therapy

Lifestyle management is also vital, because being overweight, not getting enough exercise, and eating a diet that doesn’t give you all the nutrients you need can make the symptoms of arthritis noticeably worse. Dr. Cancelliere can provide you with advice and support on making these changes.

In some cases, joint deterioration reaches a stage where joint fusion surgery or possibly a joint replacement is the only solution, but conservative approaches are always used first.

If you have symptoms of arthritis in your feet and ankles, call Massachusetts and New Hampshire Foot and Ankle Specialists today, or book an appointment online.