Ankle and Foot Arthritis

Man with foot and ankle arthritis holding his ankle

What is ankle and foot arthritis?

Arthritis is a painful and degenerative condition of the joints. The most common cause of ankle and foot arthritis is trauma, such as a fracture of the ankle or of the calcaneus (heel bone). Other factors can result in the development of ankle and foot arthritis such as, rheumatoid arthritis, history of ankle/foot infection, diabetes, birth defects, gout and osteoarthritis.

What are symptoms of ankle and foot arthritis?

Pain with walking or prolonged standing at the level of the ankle and foot is a common complaint. Inability to walk for long periods and stiff joints may also be common. In the foot, arthritis can commonly occur in the big toe joints (hallux limitus). The big toe will be painful with walking and may not bend if the arthritis is advanced.

How is ankle and foot arthritis treated?

Oral NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen may alleviate the symptoms of pain. Some painful arthritis can be managed with steroid injections, bracing, shoe gear modifications, physical therapy and lifestyle changes such as weight loss and limiting impact on the ankle. Surgical treatment can vary; only a thorough examination of X-rays and clinical evaluation can determine the severity of the arthritis and the appropriate treatment plan. Removal of “bone spurs,” ankle fusion, and ankle replacement are possible surgical options. In the foot, similar treatment can help the painful arthritis symptoms.

Why choose the International Center for Limb Lengthening to treat ankle and foot arthritis?

With a collective experience of over thirty years of helping patients with lower leg, foot and ankle problems, the Foot and Ankle Service of the Rubin Institute is one of the leading treatment centers for foot and ankle conditions in the United States. Your doctor will take the time to make sure you understand all your options and then will customize your treatment to meet your specific needs. Our patients benefit from our team-centered approach with world-renowned surgeons and specialized physician assistants, nurses and physical therapists. We help patients with ankle and foot arthritis achieve their best possible result.

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