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Taking Steps Towards Relief: Understanding and Treating Foot and Ankle Arthritis

By David Ehrlich, DPM, FACFAS

Arthritis of the foot and ankle can significantly impact one’s quality of life, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. Foot and Ankle Arthritis

This condition, often resulting from wear and tear on the joints over time, affects a substantial number of individuals. Understanding its causes, diagnosis, and treatment options is crucial for those seeking relief from this debilitating condition.

Diagnosing arthritis of the foot and ankle typically involves a comprehensive evaluation by a healthcare professional. X-rays and other imaging techniques are commonly used to assess the extent of joint damage and determine the most appropriate course of action.

For many patients, conservative treatments are the first line of defense. This may include lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, and the use of custom orthotics. Custom orthotics can provide essential support and alleviate pressure on affected joints, offering relief and slowing the progression of the condition.

In some cases, fluoroscopy (live x-ray) guided steroid injections may be recommended to reduce inflammation and manage pain. This minimally invasive procedure involves the precise placement of steroids into the affected joint, providing targeted relief.

However, for patients with severe arthritis or those who do not respond to conservative treatments, surgical intervention may be necessary. Surgical options range from arthroscopy to joint fusion or replacement, depending on the severity and location of the arthritis.

At Advanced Foot Care, our team of experienced doctors is dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Whether through conservative measures, innovative treatments like custom orthotics and fluoroscopy-guided injections, or advanced surgical interventions, our goal is to help patients regain mobility and live their lives pain-free. Take the first step towards relief—visit one of our offices to learn more about our comprehensive approach to foot and ankle arthritis management.

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