Foot and Ankle Arthritis

view of ankle bones highlighted in red to show area of pain

Arthritis can impact any joint in the body, with the most common forms of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatic arthritis affecting millions of people worldwide. Many times, patients experience foot pain but have a difficult time recognizing the significant culprits of their illness. Many types of arthritis can affect the feet and ankles, causing inflammation, stiffness, immobility, and, most of all, pain. At Dr. Steber’s office, we primarily focus on arthritis pain in the feet and ankles and provide surgical and therapeutic solutions for those conditions.

Surgery for Arthritis in the Foot

If arthritis pain persists despite medical treatment, then we may recommend surgery as a viable option to relieve foot pain and improve joint function. Foot surgery can be performed on at part of the foot, either through the big toe, the midfoot, or the hindfoot. Depending on the severity of the joint damage, we have multiple surgery options for recommendation, including:

Debridement

Debridement, also known as a cheilectomy, is a procedure where our surgeons remove pieces of cartilage, ligaments, and bones that have begun to interfere with joint movement. For those who have foot and ankle arthritis, the friction caused by tissue and ligament inflammation will cause the bones and cartilage to rub directly against each other. This surgical procedure will reduce the pain caused by bone spurs and other irritants, and will be performed by working through the big toe. Under sedation and anesthesia, your surgery will allow you to go home the same day. We will recommend wearing a supporting shoe for at least two weeks, and we will schedule a follow-up appointment with you to ensure the foot and ankle is healing properly.

Fusion

Instead of removing bones and ligaments, our surgeons may also recommend a fusion. Fusions work to bind together the bones of the joint using screws and metal plates, allowing the bones to grow together and fuse into one bone. Joint fusion will eliminate the painful movement between the joint and bone. Our surgeons will perform the fusion procedure using either general anesthesia, local anesthesia, and sedation. They will perform the surgery based on both you and our doctor’s preferences for assured accuracy and mobility. After the surgery, our surgeons will recommend crutches, a protective splint for about ten weeks, and after a follow-up appointment, a supportive boot to be worn for at least three months or longer.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you have any concerns regarding our surgical procedures, then contact Dr. Seth J. Steber at 570-657-6851. Holding a particular interest in wound care and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Steber has lectured nationally and holds multiple board certifications in the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and the American Academy of Wound Management. Dr. Steber and his staff of surgeons and office representatives with give you viable solutions to your foot and ankle conditions, and will provide comprehensive, compassionate care to all patients.

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