Arthritis Specialist

My Chicago Foot Expert

Stavros Alexopoulos, D.P.M.

Podiatry located in Chicago, IL

Experiencing pain and stiffness in your ankle, big toe, or other nearby joint, could be a sign of arthritis. As one of Chicago’s leading board-certified podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, of My Chicago Foot Expert can help you find relief from arthritis pain. Because arthritis can lead to permanent joint damage, it’s important to seek medical intervention at the first sign of discomfort. Schedule your arthritis evaluation today with the online booking feature or call the office.

Arthritis Q & A

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis is an umbrella term for more than 100 different types of conditions that lead to joint inflammation. One of the most common types of arthritis —  known for affecting your ankle and big toe — is osteoarthritis. This wear and tear type of arthritis develops over years of natural degradation of cartilage.

Rheumatoid arthritis, another common type of arthritis that affects your lower extremities, is actually an autoimmune disease. This form of arthritis occurs when your immune system goes into overdrive, attacking otherwise healthy joint lining known as synovium.

Many other types of arthritis can affect your feet and ankles, too. In any case, you’re more likely to develop arthritis because of:

  • Prior foot or ankle trauma
  • Family history of arthritis
  • Widespread infections
  • Abnormal metabolism

While the exact cause of arthritis isn’t always understood, you certainly have plenty of remedies and treatments available to help improve your discomfort.

Will I know that I have arthritis?

Typically, yes. After all, one of the initial warning signs of developing arthritis is joint pain. Some of the other ways to tell if you may have arthritis include:

  • Joint stiffness
  • Redness or tenderness over the joint
  • Limited range of motion
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot

Dr. Alexopoulos has extensive training in early detection of foot, toe, and ankle arthritis, so you can feel confident that he can help you find an effective solution.

How is arthritis treated?

To better understand what’s causing your case of arthritis, Dr. Alexopoulos performs a thorough examination and evaluates your entire medical history. Oftentimes, this includes ordering essential laboratory blood tests and X-ray imaging.

Once he determines which type of arthritis is affecting you and how much tissue is damaged, he can design your treatment plan. Arthritis treatment for your feet, toes, and ankles can include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Individualized stretches and exercises
  • Dietary counseling
  • Anti-inflammatory medication

Most arthritis sufferers start feeling better and noticing an increased range of motion shortly after starting these conservative measures. If your arthritis continues to worsen or if you’re just not finding relief, Dr. Alexopoulos could suggest surgery.

Arthritis surgery usually involves removing damaged tissue, repairing torn cartilage, or realigning bones and joints. In severe cases where you’re experiencing dramatic tissue damage, you could need a joint fusion procedure or total joint replacement.

Get relief from arthritis pain today. Schedule an evaluation at My Chicago Foot Expert online or call the office directly.