What are the different types of arthritis?

There are many different types of arthritis pain, though a few are more common than others. In the lower limbs, arthritis usually means one of several different types: osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a problem with wear and tear over many years deteriorating the soft tissues in a joint, allowing the bones to rub together. Post-traumatic arthritis develops after an injury. Damage in the joint allows the soft tissues to wear down. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the protective lining around a joint, damaging and deforming it.

For milder cases, conservative treatments can help you minimize painful pressure on your damaged joints and strengthen supporting muscles and tendons, alleviating pain and slowing the rate of progression. More serious cases may be linked to painful deformities such as bunions or hammertoes and require surgical intervention, and often joint replacements, from Dr. Parker. Make an appointment with us online, or call us at (281) 497-2850, for a full diagnosis and treatment options.

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.