5 Questions about Foot and Ankle Arthritis Answered by Foot and Ankle

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5 Questions on Foot and Ankle Arthritis:

5 Questions on Foot and Ankle Arthritis Answered by Dr. REWAT  LAXMAN

Due to the complexity of the feet and ankles, sometimes treating injuries and conditions in this area is more  challenging. That’s why we are excited to introduce  Dr.RewatLaxman. We sat down with Dr. Rewat to discuss his area of  expertise, specifically in the treatment of foot and ankle arthritis.:

Due to the complexity of the feet and ankles,  sometimes treating  injuries and conditions in this area is more  challenging . That’s why we are excited to introduce  Dr.RewatLaxman . We sat down with Dr.  Rewat  to discuss his area of  expertise , specifically in the treatment of foot  and ankle  arthritis.

Q1: What areas of the foot and ankle are most commonly affected by arthritis?:

Q1: What areas of the foot and ankle are most commonly affected by arthritis? Dr.  Rewat   Laxman : While virtually any joint in this area can be affected by arthritis, two of the most common are the ankle joint and  the  big toe joint. For  example,  a  past  ankle fracture or foot  deformity  could cause the breakdown of a joint.  Rheumatoid  arthritis, an inflammatory form of arthritis, could also affect the feet and  ankles .

Q2: How is arthritis of the foot and ankle diagnosed?:

Q2: How is arthritis of the foot and ankle diagnosed? Dr.  Rewat   Laxman :  It is very important for an orthopedic physician to evaluate all of a person’s symptoms and also rule out any  deformities  or structural changes that may be causing symptoms Symptoms  to diagnose arthritis in the foot and ankle include : ⦁  Pain and  stiffness ⦁ Clicking or locking of the joint. ⦁ Feelings of instability. ⦁ Swelling .

Q3: What are the treatment options?:

Q3: What are the treatment options? Dr.  Rewat   Laxman: Similar  to arthritis  in other  joints of the body, foot and ankle arthritis can sometimes be managed through  nonsurgical  methods such as: ⦁ Oral anti-inflammatory medications. ⦁ Activity modifications. ⦁ Weight loss, if determined by your physician. ⦁ Off-the-shelf or custom molded braces or shoe inserts . 2  surgical options available i.e.; fusion and  joint  replacement .

Q4: What is a fusion?:

Q4: What is a fusion? Dr.  Rewat   Laxman : In a surgical fusion, I  remove  damaged cartilage in the arthritic  joint  and then prepare the bone surfaces  to  grow, or fuse together. This typically requires some type of  permanent  hardware such as plates or  screws . Fusions  are able to provide very good pain relief; however, motion across the joint is  lost .

Q5: How does joint replacement work in the foot and ankle?:

Q5: How does joint replacement work in the foot and ankle? Dr. Rewat Laxman :  It’s very similar to a joint replacement in the  hip, knee, or shoulder .  I enter the arthritic joint through an incision and remove the damaged cartilage and bone surface. A prosthesis is implanted to replace the damaged tissue and bone.    Physical therapy  for big toe and ankle  replacements  starts after a patient goes  through  the recommended progression to full weight-bearing.

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