Treating Foot and Ankle Arthritis

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Baptist Health Richmond: Treating Foot and Ankle Arthritis

Podiatric surgeon Joshua Hill, DPM, notes the signs of foot and ankle arthritis, outlining the way it’s diagnosed, its many different types and ways it’s treated.

Treating Foot and Ankle Arthritis HealthTalks Transcript

Joshua Hill, DPM, Podiatric Surgery
Some of the signs of foot and ankle arthritis can be pain, swelling, sometimes even redness, stiffness in the mornings when patients first get up. Some of the more advanced arthritides will even present at time with significant deformity of the foot and ankle. It can be diagnosed many ways. Typically most patients come here in this office, you know, we initially take X-rays. If it’s a more advanced type of arthritis, say rheumatoid, for instance, we’re going to order bloodwork, checking for rheumatoid factor. There are other lab results we check for, other inflammatory markers such as sed rate and ESR. Treatment options for arthritis of the foot and ankle are as vast as the different types. We can start simple things such as orthotics and bracing, arthritis medications, you know, anti-inflammatories, whether that be over-the-counter or prescription. If it’s an inflammatory type of process such as rheumatoid, that’s typically when a rheumatologist and other specialists are going to get involved to help manage those with medications well. Surgically, you can replace several of the joints now in the foot and ankle, the big toe joint for instance, the ankle joint, we have good replacement options out for now. It’s all based on the patient’s activity level, the patient’s goals in life and how active they are.

At Baptist Health Richmond Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, our team of experts understands the needs of the community because we live in the community.  Whether it’s a fracture sustained from farm equipment, a sports injury or the first signs of arthritis, we provide the full range of orthopedic care for your entire family.