Arthritis in the feet and ankles can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Although incurable, Prairie Orthopaedics offers both surgical and nonsurgical treatment of arthritis in the lower extremities to relieve and manage pain and help patients lead an active, fulfilling life.
If you have not been diagnosed with arthritis but are concerned you have it, the common symptoms are:
- Pain with motion
- Pain during physical activity
- Swelling, redness, warmth, and tenderness
- Increased pain after a period of sedentariness, such as sleeping.
Nonsurgical methods include:
- Lifestyle modifications: minimizing actives that irritate the area and increasing activities that allow patients to stay active while avoiding pain, and weightless
- Physical therapy: to strengthen eh surrounding muscles to take the pressure of the arthritis-stricken joint
- Assistive devices: such as a cane, brace or shoe inserts.
Surgical methods include:
- Arthroscopic debridement: a surgery that removes loose cartilage, inflamed tissue and bone spurs to alleviate and clean up the joint.
- Arthrodesis: a surgical technique that fuses the bones of arthritis stricken joint. This will eliminate arthritis from the joint completely but can cause mobility issues.