Osteoarthritis of the Foot and Ankle
Conditions We Treat
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a condition characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage in one or more joints.
Signs and Symptoms
People with osteoarthritis in the foot or ankle experience, in varying degrees, one or more of the following:
• Pain and stiffness in the joint
• Swelling in or near the joint
• Difficulty walking or bending the joint
Osteoarthritis is considered a “wear and tear” disease because the cartilage in the joint wears down with repeated stress and use over time.
In diagnosing osteoarthritis, the foot and ankle surgeon will examine the foot thoroughly, looking for swelling in the joint, limited mobility, and pain with movement.
Treatment: Non Surgical Option
Non-surgical approaches to treatment include the following:
• Oral medication
• Orthotic devices
• Steroid injections
• Physical therapy