Arthritis Specialist

Gelbmann Podiatry  -  - Podiatry

Gelbmann Podiatry

Podiatry & Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Foot & Ankle Surgeon, & Orthopedic Trauma located in Near Southside & West Town, Chicago, IL

At least 90% of people with rheumatoid arthritis suffer foot and ankle pain directly related to their disease. Other types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis and gout, can cause serious foot and ankle pain as well. If you have any kind of arthritis, it’s important to protect your feet and ankle joints with help from the experienced podiatrists at Gelbmann Podiatry in the Near Southside and West Town areas of Chicago, Illinois. David Gelbmann, DPM, and Ramsha Tanwir, DPM, are here to protect your foot and ankle health. Schedule your appointment online or by phone today.

Arthritis Q & A

What types of arthritis affect the feet and ankles?

Of the more than 100 varieties of arthritis, a few types cause serious foot and ankle problems, including:


Osteoarthritis, the most common type of the disease, causes cartilage loss inside your joints. Your cartilage helps you make smooth and pain-free joint movements, so when it wears away, stiffness and pain can set in. 

Osteoarthritis often affects weight-bearing joints, which includes your ankles, but it can occur in smaller joints as well. 

Rheumatoid arthritis

In rheumatoid arthritis, a malfunctioning immune system destroys healthy joint tissue, causing joint warping and deformity. Rheumatoid arthritis often attacks the smaller joints and causes foot damage for 90% of sufferers. 


Gout, or gouty arthritis, occurs when uric acid crystal buildup around your big toe joint triggers severe pain. Although it can affect other joints, it's almost always in the big toe because uric acid crystals form at cool temperatures. 

Since your big toe is the extremity that's most distant from your heart, it's more likely to be cold and therefore has the conditions to foster uric acid crystal development.

Although other types of arthritis can potentially affect your feet and ankles, these three forms are the most common causes of pain and other symptoms. 

How do you diagnose arthritis in the feet and ankles?

Your podiatrist performs a thorough foot exam, reviews your medical history, and listens to your symptom description to form an initial diagnosis. Gelbmann Podiatry has a suite of state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose arthritis in the feet and ankles. 

You'll typically have digital X-rays, ultrasound, and other types of imaging tests to verify the pain source and type of arthritis. This information helps your podiatrist plot the ideal arthritis management plan for you.

What does a foot and ankle arthritis treatment plan include? 

Foot and ankle arthritis care includes pain relief, symptom management, and preventive measures. You may need:

  • Medication for pain and inflammation
  • Custom orthotics to keep joints aligned and moving properly
  • Special shoes with wide toe boxes, rocker soles, and space for orthotics
  • Pain-relieving injections containing anesthetics and cortisone
  • Physical therapy to strengthen and improve function
  • Dietary changes to reduce uric acid intake (for gout)

Gelbmann Podiatry is a one-stop provider for all foot and ankle arthritis problems. 

Are you suffering from chronic arthritis pain? Gelbmann Podiatry is here to help. Call the office in your area or book an appointment online.