Arthritis is an acute or chronic inflammation of a joint and its surrounding soft tissues. Miguel Cunha, DPM and the physicians at Gotham Footcare offer treatment for arthritis in the feet and ankles. Patients in need of treatment can visit the offices in Downtown and Midtown Manhattan, New York.
Osteoarthritis – a degenerative or "wear and tear" arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis - an autoimmune disease where the patient's own immune system affects the tissues, organs, and synovial joints.
Post-traumatic arthritis - develops after an injury to the foot or ankle.
The joints that are most often affected by arthritis in the lower extremities include:
Common symptoms include pain, stiffness, limited range-of-motion, swelling, or difficulty walking.
At Gotham Footcare, our physicians will base a diagnosis using your medical history, symptoms, a physical examination, and additional tests if necessary. Additional tests can include a gait analysis to show how the bones in the leg and foot line up with walking, measures stride, and tests the strength of the ankles and feet.
Treatment can depend on several factors including the type, location, and severity of the arthritis. Treatment can include any of the following:
If the arthritis doesn't respond to any of the conservative treatments, surgery may be necessary. The choice of surgery is something that needs will be discussed between you and your doctor. It will depend on the type of arthritis, the impact of the disease on the joints, and the location of the arthritis. Surgery for arthritis of the foot or ankle is performed using arthroscopic debridement, arthrodesis (or fusion of the joints), and arthroplasty (replacement of the affected joint).
In an effort to minimize out-of-pocket expenses, we accept most managed care plans and insurance providers. For any questions regarding insurance, please contact our offices.
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