Arthritis Specialist

Arthritis services offered in Holladay and West Jordan, UT

If you have foot, ankle, or toe pain because of arthritis, proper treatment eases the discomfort. At Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic in Holladay and West Jordan, Utah, our podiatrists Christiaan Goebel, DPM, Weston Packard, DPM, and their experienced team offer an array of arthritis treatments to restore joint structure and function. Call the office to learn more or schedule a visit online today. We serve all of Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities.

Arthritis Q&A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a common chronic disease that causes painful, tender, stiff, or swollen joints. Many types of arthritis exist, some of which might feel debilitating. Osteoarthritis affects the cartilage in your joints by breaking it down. Rheumatoid arthritis causes your body’s immune system to attack the lining of your joints, and gout results from uric acid buildup in your body.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Weakness
  • Visible joint deformities
  • Reduced mobility 

When left untreated, arthritis can cause worsening symptoms and further joint deterioration over time. See the Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic team at the first sign of a problem.

What are the risk factors for arthritis?

Things that increase your risk of developing arthritis include:

  • Excessive body weight
  • Family history of arthritis
  • Older age
  • Previous joint injuries
  • Your sex

Men are more likely to have gout, while women have a higher risk of experiencing rheumatoid arthritis. Adopting healthy habits may reduce your chance of developing arthritis, but you can’t necessarily prevent it if you’re prone to arthritis.

How does my doctor diagnose arthritis?

To find out if you have arthritis, and which type, the Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic team reviews your lifestyle habits, symptoms, and medical history. They examine your joints during a physical exam and often recommend blood tests, urine tests, joint fluid tests, X-rays, a CT scan, an MRI, or an ultrasound.

How is arthritis treated?

Common treatments available at Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic for arthritis include:

  • Medications
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Weight loss
  • Ice or heat packs
  • Bracing 
  • Splinting
  • Regular exercise
  • Diet advice
  • Dietary supplements
  • Massage
  • Laser therapy 
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Surgery

The Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic team can remove, repair, fuse, or replace tissues damaged by arthritis to restore the structure and function of your foot or ankle. 

Your specialist personalizes each treatment to ensure the best outcome and a low risk of complications. 

To relieve foot or ankle pain caused by arthritis, call the Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic office or use the online booking tab today.