What is osteoarthritis?
This inflammatory joint condition is associated with loss of cartilage as we age. It is extremely common, with more than 3 million cases per year in the United States. It is also known as degenerative joint disease. When it affects the lower extremities, it is often found in three areas:
What are the symptoms of foot and ankle osteoarthritis?
How is ankle and foot osteoarthritis diagnosed?
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon will perform a thorough examination of the area and go over your medical history. X-rays are commonly used to detect osteoarthritis, but an MRI or CT scan can also help in diagnosing this condition.
What are treatments for osteoarthritis in the ankle and foot?
Conservative measures are usually the first course of treatment. Depending on the symptoms and severity, you may be treated with:
Surgeries for foot and ankle arthritis include fusing bones together (arthrodesis) or, in severe cases, joint replacement surgery.
The highly experienced doctors at Orthopedic Specialists have the expertise you need to treat osteoarthritis and all foot and ankle conditions. Schedule an evaluation today.