Foot and ankle arthritis symptoms
Symptoms of arthritis in the ankle and foot include:
Pain and stiffness in the joint
Problems bending the joint
Swelling in or near the joint
Warmth and redness in the joint
Foot and ankle arthritis diagnosis
The nationally recognized orthopedic specialists at The Christ Hospital Health Network carefully examine your ankles and feet, assess their condition, and determine the nature and extent of their damage.
If further tests are needed they may include:
Bone scan—a radiology procedure used to look at the skeleton to find areas of physical and chemical changes in bone.
Computed Tomography scan (CT scan)—a scan that uses a powerful magnet and radio waves linked to a computer to create detailed images of the ankle or foot.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)—uses a magnet, radio frequencies and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs and structures inside your body.
X-rays—an electromagnetic energy beam that makes images of the bones and tissue of the ankle and foot.
Foot and ankle arthritis treatment
Currently, there is no cure for arthritis; however, there are many things that can be done to get relief from its symptoms. Our expert team at The Christ Hospital Health Network develops an individualized treatment plan to help reduce your pain and increase your mobility.
Treatments for ankle and foot arthritis can include:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)—medicines such as ibuprofen or naproxen that reduce inflammation and pain.
Orthotic devices, or shoe inserts—provide support and cushioning.
Steroid injections—an anti-inflammatory steroid is injected into the ankle or foot joint to reduce inflammation and pain.
Surgery—depends on which joints are affected and the degree of damage. Surgery options may include arthroscopy, ankle fusion or ankle joint replacement.
Weight management—maintain a healthy weight to avoid excess stress on the ankle and foot joints.
At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we provide exceptional care for ankle and foot arthritis.
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