Arthritis services offered in Scottsdale, AZ


At Ledesma Foot and Ankle in Scottsdale, Arizona, experienced podiatrists Paul Ledesma, DPM, Scott Shindler, DPM, and Jaminelli Banks, DPM, are dedicated to comprehensive arthritis care to improve your foot health and overall well-being. Arthritis can be challenging, affecting the joints in your feet and causing discomfort. The team is here to help you understand arthritis and find effective solutions tailored to your needs. To learn more, request an appointment by phone or online today.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a common condition involving joint inflammation, and it can affect the feet, causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited mobility. At Ledesma Foot and Ankle, the skilled podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating arthritis in the feet, helping you regain comfort and mobility.

There are many symptoms of arthritis, but the most common are: 

  • Reduced ability to move, walk, or bear weight
  • Swelling or stiffness in your joints
  • Pain in your joints (can be intermittent or steady)
  • Redness
  • Fatigue

What are the different types of arthritis?

There are various types of arthritis, but the two most common types affecting the feet are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis (OA)

OA is a degenerative joint disease that occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones wears down over time. It commonly affects weight-bearing joints, such as those in the feet, leading to pain and reduced flexibility.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

RA is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the joints. It often affects both feet simultaneously and can cause inflammation, pain, and deformities in the affected joints.

How is arthritis treated?

The podiatrists offer personalized and effective treatment plans to manage arthritis and alleviate foot discomfort. The approach may include the following:

Orthotic inserts

Customized orthotic inserts can provide additional support and reduce pressure on affected joints, promoting proper alignment and relieving pain.

Physical therapy

Gentle exercises and stretching routines can help improve joint function and reduce stiffness, enhancing overall mobility.

Medication management

In some cases, medications may be prescribed to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation, contributing to improved comfort.

Lifestyle recommendations

The podiatrists may offer practical advice on lifestyle modifications, such as footwear choices and activity adjustments, to manage and prevent arthritis-related symptoms.

Joint injections

In certain situations, joint injections may be recommended to provide targeted relief and reduce inflammation in affected joints.

The dedicated podiatrists combine expertise with compassion to deliver exceptional arthritis care.

If you're experiencing foot discomfort related to arthritis, contact the practice today by phone or request an appointment online. Let the team help you take the first step towards improved foot health and a more comfortable, active lifestyle.