Arthritic Foot Treatment – Manhattan, New York

What are arthritis foot conditions?

In order to find the best arthritic treatment option for you, you need to talk to one of our doctors at Manhattan Footcare about your type of arthritis. There are two main types of arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the main form of arthritis and is known as the “wear and tear” disorder. The big toe is especially susceptible due to the tremendous amounts of pressure that is placed upon it while walking.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic disease, which affects the whole body. Rheumatoid arthritis affects all the joints and muscles in the foot. It affects the feet by causing a gradual collapse of the arch; the toes become contracted and draw back.

What are the arthritic foot treatment options?

Depending on the type, location, and severity of the arthritis, there are many types of treatments available.

Nonsurgical arthritic treatment options include:

•    Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling
•    Shoe inserts (orthotics)
•    Custom-made shoes
•    A brace or a cane
•    Physical therapy and exercises
•    Weight control
•    Medications, such as a steroid medication injected into the joint

If you are not responding to nonsurgical arthritic treatment, surgical treatment might be considered. The choice of surgery will depend on the type of arthritis, the impact of the disease on the joints, and the location of the arthritis. Sometimes more than one type of arthritic surgery options will be needed.

Surgery performed for arthritis of the foot and ankle include:
•    Arthroscopic debridement
•    Arthrodesis (or fusion of the joints)
•    Arthroplasty (replacement of the affected joint).

Call Manhattan Footcare today and set up an appointment to discuss your arthritic foot treatment options!