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New Treatments For Foot And Ankle Arthritis

Foot and Ankle Arthritis

Do you have Pain, Stiffness or Swelling in your feet or ankles? Is foot and ankle pain slowing you down? Have you been told you have arthritis in the foot and ankle and there's nothing that can be done? Foot and Ankle Arthritis is becoming more and more prevalent in the South Florida population. Considering the increase in life expectancy and the active life styles of our adult population, it's no wonder that the feet and ankles are developing painful arthritis over time. Historically, definitive treatment for severe foot and ankle arthritis consisted of fusion procedures which would limit mobility. Thanks to major advancements in foot and ankle surgery, these painful conditions can now be relieved in a way that restores motion of the joints, ambulation and activity.

Foot and Ankle Arthritis

Conservative treatment is always our first approach. Through the use of a combination of natural supplements or traditional medications, synovial fluid supplementation therapy, physical therapy, shoe modifications, and orthotic bracing, we can often decrease pain and improve function. Our in-house Pedorthists work with our patients to develop a custom Ankle-Foot Orthotic which often stabilizes the joint sufficiently to allow return to desired activities such as golf, tennis, shopping and a healthy lifestyle. However, when conservative treatment has failed, surgery becomes our next option. Again, we treat every patient in a unique fashion as every case is different, customizing a treatment plan for the individual's demands for living an active lifestyle of their choice. The options available to us include:     Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Surgery of the Foot and Ankle – Many times joints can be cleaned out through tiny incisions using a camera in the joint and small instruments, thereby removing spurs or debris and repairing defects in the cartilage, which will restore pain free motion. This procedure requires two to four weeks of recovery during which time the patient may often be allowed to walk on the foot.     Arthrodiastasis with Joint Fluid Supplementation – In some cases, we can avoid major surgery by simply stretching out the joint with an external fixator and filling the space with synthetic synovial fluid which can allow temporary relief of pain and return to activity.     Tendon Repairs/Transfers with Arthroresis – "Adult Acquired Flat Foot" or "Fallen Arches" can lead to debilitating arthritis. To avoid fusion, we can often restore function and preserve motion using a very small implant in the joint combined with augmenting the tendon that holds up the arch.

Foot and Ankle Arthritis

    Realignment Osteotomies – Sometimes early arthritis is caused from the joints being out of alignment. We can make small cuts in the bone to realign the joints, often through small incisions preserving pain free motion and preventing progression of arthritis.     Total Ankle Replacement - For advanced arthritis in which other treatments have failed but in an effort to avoid fusion, the New "INBONE" Total Ankle Replacement prosthesis is available with very promising results. Like the artificial knees and hips, these implants are designed to resurface the joints and preserve pain-free motion in the ankle. Patients have reported playing golf six weeks after their ankle replacement procedure! Traditional Ankle Replacement surgery has been met with much criticism due to the relatively poor outcomes associated with the earlier implant designs. However, Wright Medical's "INBONE" total ankle, through the unique stemmed design of the actual prosthesis and the major improvements in its insertion instrumentation, has overcome the causes of failure. One of only a few foot and ankle surgeons in the area trained in the procedure, Dr. Kinmon performed the first INBONE total ankle replacement in South Florida earlier this year. So - if you have pain in your feet or ankles, even if you have been told that there's nothing that can be done, there is hope for you. Don't give up on staying active! Let us work to put you back on your feet with our professional, caring staff and the most advanced foot and ankle treatments available.