Arthritis can cause severe pain in the joints of your feet and is a common problem for many adults. To determine the source of your arthritis and find an effective form of treatment, Dr. Teufel will perform an in-depth analysis of your medical history and the nature of your discomfort. You will discuss when and where the pain occurs. The doctor may review gait analysis, x-rays, CT scans or MRIs to evaluate your arthritis.
- Oral anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) to reduce swelling and pain.
- Injection therapy with cortisone to reduce inflammation.
- Orthotics (shoe inserts) to help control foot motion.
- PRP (protein rich plasma) injections to stimulate healing with the stem cells from your own blood.
- Joint arthroscopy. A specialized surgical scope is used to view your joint closely and repair the problem with minimally invasive methods.
- Joint cheilectomy. A bony, pain-causing lump is removed from the big toe to improve mobility and reduce symptoms.
- Joint replacement. The problem joint is replaced to maintain motion and eliminate pain.
- Joint fusion. The two bones on either side of a joint are fused together, entirely removing the joint. This is typically used for end stage arthritis.