Arthritis

Premier Podiatry: Velimir Petkov, DPM

Podiatrist located in Clifton, NJ

As the top cause of disability in the United States, roughly 54 million adults have some form of arthritis. With cutting-edge diagnostic tools and innovative treatment solutions available at Premier Podiatry, Velimir Petkov, DPM, and his team can help you get relief from arthritis pain. Schedule your arthritis evaluation at this modern Clifton, New Jersey, office by requesting an appointment online. You can also call the office to book.

Arthritis Q & A

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis is an umbrella term that encompasses many types of chronic and degenerative joint disorders. With arthritis, the protective cartilage and linings of your joints become swollen and inflamed. This can occur due to:

  • Family history of arthritis
  • Prior injuries
  • Poor diet
  • Overuse or repeated use
  • Viral or bacterial infections

In some cases, arthritis occurs as a side effect of an autoimmune disease — as with rheumatoid arthritis — where your body starts attacking its own healthy tissues. While it’s true that arthritis most commonly affects seniors, due to years of wear-and-tear (osteoarthritis), the many other types of arthritis can hit people of all ages.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

The symptoms you experience with arthritis may vary depending on your specific diagnosis and severity of your condition. In general, though, it’s common to notice any of the following issues in or around your joints:

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Redness or warmth
  • Stiffness or deformities

Arthritis can grow severe enough to significantly lower your quality of life and affect your daily activities, including your job performance. Symptoms can worsen with activity or can be chronic and affect you throughout the day. No matter how minor or how severe your arthritis symptoms may be, you have plenty of treatment options available at Premier Podiatry.

How is arthritis treated?

Dr. Petkov and the team at Premier Podiatry understand how debilitating arthritis can be, especially when it’s in your feet and ankles. They offer several solutions to minimize pain and discomfort, including:

  • Prescription orthotics
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections

The purpose of arthritis treatment plans is to prevent further joint damage and, of course, to relieve your pain. If these conservative therapies aren’t working for you, Dr. Petkov might talk with you about surgery.

Arthritis surgery can involve correcting deformed joints and removing damaged tissues. In severe cases, you might need a total joint replacement, although this is usually a last resort.

Learn more about advanced arthritis treatments offered at Premier Podiatry by scheduling an exam. You can book online, or call the clinic directly.