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Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Palm Harbor, FL

Midfoot Arthritis Q & A

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What is midfoot arthritis?

This condition causes pain in the arch, swelling in the foot, and occasionally bone spurs.  Pain is exacerbated when walking barefoot or in flexible shoes.  

What causes midfoot arthritis?

The most common causes are old trauma or loss of support from the ligaments and tendons of the foot.  Flat foot and obesity are other common causes. Both force the foot to flatten, which forces the bones on the top of the foot together. Over time, an increase in pressure damages the joints.


How is midfoot arthritis diagnosed?

Our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon will perform a thorough examination of the foot 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.

How is it treated?

Conservative treatment of midfoot arthritis consists of footwear modifications such as arch supports or carbon fiber shoe inserts.  Shoes should be supportive, as well.  Anti-inflammatory medications can help decrease pain and swelling.  Injections can help with pain control, but these generally only offer short-term relief.  If these fail, midfoot fusion surgery can help provide long-term pain improvement.  

The exceptional doctors at Orthopedic Specialists have deep expertise in diagnosing and treating midfoot arthritis and other foot and ankle conditions. Call today or schedule an appointment online.

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