Arthritis Specialist

Michael J Frazier, DPM -  - Podiatrist

The Frazier Foot and Ankle Center

Michael J Frazier, DPM

Podiatrist located in Cypress, TX

While arthritis discomfort can occur in joints anywhere in your body, foot and ankle arthritis can be especially debilitating and lead to agonizing pain with each step you take. If you have arthritis, or have undiagnosed foot or ankle pain, book an evaluation with Michael Frazier, DPM, PA, at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center. As a board-certified podiatrist in Cypress, Texas, Dr. Frazier has extensive training in diagnosing and treating arthritis. See how Dr. Frazier can help you by booking an evaluation online or over the phone.

Arthritis Q & A

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that leads to lingering pain and inflammation in your joints. Medical experts have identified over 100 types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. While each type of arthritis has a different cause, some of the common reasons men and women develop arthritis include:

  • Wear-and-tear or overuse
  • Family history of arthritis
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Previous injury

One type of arthritis, called gout, stems from a poor diet that is rich in red meats, alcoholic beverages, and processed meats, especially if you’re overweight. Gout leads to the development of sharp uric acid crystals in your joints, most often in your big toe joint.

How do I know if I have arthritis?

The most common complaint among arthritis sufferers is, of course, joint pain. Arthritis leads to a wide variety of joint issues including:

  • Stiffness and limited range of motion
  • Inflammation, tenderness, or swelling
  • Redness or warmth over the affected joint

The further arthritis progresses, the greater the chances of joint pain affecting your quality of life. Before your arthritis worsens, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Frazier at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center to get started on treatment.

What is the treatment for arthritis?

Dr. Frazier works with you to find the best possible treatment solution (or solutions) to tame your arthritis symptoms. While arthritis has no cure, your treatment plan can delay the progression of arthritis and lessen the severity of your symptoms. You may benefit from:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Prescription arthritis drugs
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy

While less common, surgery is sometimes needed for arthritis. Dr. Frazier typically uses minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures to remove or repair damaged tissue.

Or if your arthritis was caused a joint misalignment, Dr. Frazier may need to realign your joints or fuse your bones together. As an alternative in the most severe of cases, Dr. Frazier might suggest a total joint replacement, such as a total ankle replacement, to permanently resolve your arthritic condition.

Before living another day with arthritis pain, get started on treatment at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center. Book your appointment online, or call the clinic directly.