Many patients who come to our foot and ankle clinic believing they suffer from ankle arthritis are actually experiencing arthritis in the foot. There are many joints in the foot, all of which can become arthritic. When conservative treatment fails, surgery to replace certain joints of the foot or to fuse the joint can be very successful at relieving pain and allowing patients to get back to their normal activity levels.
Foot Arthritis Diagnosis
Proper diagnosis is of paramount importance prior to considering surgery for foot arthritis. A weight bearing CT scan with the pedCAT is extremely helpful to identify the exact location of the arthritic joint. Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists is the only group in Broward, Palm Beach and Martin Counties to provide such specialized imaging services.
Foot Arthritis Treatment
Nonsurgical treatment options for arthritis of the foot, which will be implemented initially, include minimizing physical activity to reduce the chance of aggravating your condition, losing weight to limit stress on the joints, physical therapy, therapeutic footwear, and medication to reduce inflammation and manage pain. If you are not experiencing relief from conservative options, our podiatrists may recommend surgical treatment. Surgical options include arthroscopic debridement, arthrodesis (fusion) or total ankle replacement.
Foot and ankle surgery is a highly specialized area of medicine. If you were someone you know is experiencing pain in the foot ankle or lower leg, it is imperative that they see a specialist. The podiatrists at Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists provide the most technologically advanced diagnostic modalities and treatment options for your ankle problems available in the area, as well as free transportation for existing patients who have difficulty driving due to foot or ankle pain.