Arthritis Management at Sole Focus Foot and Ankle

What is Arthritis?

At Sole Focus Foot and Ankle in Marlton, NJ, Dr. Dalal treats arthritis, a complex condition encompassing over 100 disorders affecting the joints. Characterized by symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation, arthritis can be caused by various factors, including wear and tear (osteoarthritis), autoimmune responses (rheumatoid arthritis), and crystal buildup (gout). A patient’s specific type of arthritis, influenced by factors including genetics, age, and previous injuries, will dictate both the cause and treatment approach.

Recognizing Signs and
Symptoms of Arthritis

Dr. Dalal and our team at Sole Focus Foot and Ankle in Marlton, NJ, are adept at diagnosing and managing arthritis, focusing on reducing pain and improving quality of life. Common indicators we look for include:

  • Joint Pain and Swelling: Persistent discomfort and swelling are tell-tale signs of arthritis, often requiring comprehensive treatment plans.
  • Morning Stiffness and Limited Mobility: Stiffness after waking or periods of inactivity can be particularly pronounced and debilitating.
  • Warmth and Redness: These symptoms typically indicate underlying inflammation that Dr. Dalal can address.
  • Reduced Flexibility: Difficulty with movement that affects routine activities is a common concern among arthritis patients.
  • Crunching Sensations and Joint Deformities: These symptoms are indicative of advanced arthritis and may require more intensive interventions.

Patients at Sole Focus Foot and Ankle can benefit from a range of therapeutic options tailored to their specific needs, including medication, physical therapy, and even surgical solutions for more severe cases. Dr. Dalal’s personalized approach ensures that each patient receives the most effective treatment strategies based on the latest advancements in arthritis care.

What are some treatments for Arthritis?

Arthritis, with its myriad forms and manifestations, can be a source of chronic discomfort and reduced mobility for many. Here are some common treatments for arthritis:

  • Pain relievers (analgesics)
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Biologic agents
  • Corticosteroids
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Weight management
  • Joint injections
  • Joint assistive devices (like braces or canes)
  • Surgical interventions, such as joint replacement or fusion

Selecting the right treatment for arthritis is pivotal for symptom relief and improved quality of life.