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Suffering From Arthritis?

Are you suffering from arthritis in your feet and ankles? Many people do, particularly if they are 50 or older. At Central Florida Foot and Ankle, Dr. Tatiana Wellens and Dr. Maria Jaramillo-Dolan help scores of patients in Winter Haven, Lakeland, and Davenport FL who struggle with the pain and immobility arthritis create. Will you allow them to assist you?


Why do your feet and ankles hurt?

A hands-on foot exam, X-rays (and other imaging), in-office weight-bearing CT scan, gait analysis and more will pinpoint the source of your pain. Detail your symptoms for Dr. Wellens and Dr. Jaramillo-Dolan so they understand when your pain occurs, what accompanies it, and what may start and stop it. They can help you with all Arthritis Winter Haven, FL problems.

Frequently, people have arthritis in the many joints and connective tissues which comprise the lower extremities. Arthritis involves inflammation, stiffness, tenderness, and even a feeling of warmth. Symptoms are worse in the morning or after working out.

These symptoms stem from several factors:

  1. Your articular cartilage is worn, and the lubricating synovial fluid is deficient (osteoarthritis).
  2. You have immune system deficiencies (as in rheumatoid arthritis, or RA).
  3. You have had an injury--or multiple injuries--such as a dislocation, fracture or sprain.
  4. Arthritis seems to run in your family.
  5. You carry too much bodyweight, exerting pressure on the joints of the forefoot and toes.


Getting the help you need

Your Arthritis Winter Haven, FL care, and support changes due to the specifics of your case. Some people need joint fusion or replacement to counter arthritis. Others need the removal of worn and frayed articular cartilage. However, you may be one of the many patients who simply require supportive care to relieve pain and swelling, improve mobility, and slow the progression of arthritis.

For instance, custom-fabricated shoe inserts cushion, protect, and balance the movement of your feet and ankles. Medications, such as common aspirin and ibuprofen, reduce swelling and improve pain. Physical therapy improves range of motion, muscular strength, and flexibility for better overall function.


Stop struggling...

And, win the battle against arthritis in your feet and ankles. The team at Central Florida Foot and Ankle in Winter Haven, Lakeland, and Davenport FL are ready to assist you in that goal. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Tatiana Wellens and Dr. Maria Jaramillo-Dolan. For Winter Haven, Lakeland, and Davenport, call 863-299-4551.

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