Foot & Ankle Arthritis

What is foot and ankle arthritis, and how are they treated?

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What Is Foot & Ankle Arthritis?

The foot and ankle are comprised of dozens of bones and the ends of these bones are covered with a thin layer of cartilage that helps the bones glide smoothly when walking, standing, and running. 

Arthritis causes inflammation within the joints as well as deterioration of the cartilage within the foot and ankle joints. As the cartilage deteriorates, the bones of the foot and ankle may begin to rub together. 

Foot or ankle arthritis can be the result of the aging process, repeated injuries to the foot or ankle as well as genetic factors.

Patients with foot or ankle arthritis may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the foot or ankle
  • Stiffness in the foot or ankle
  • Difficulty walking long distances
  • Difficulty bearing weight

Although arthritis is not something that can be cured, there are several treatment options that can slow the process and relieve pain. 

At OrthoNeuro, our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists have helped thousands of patients with foot and ankle arthritis live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical options.

How Is Foot or Ankle Arthritis Treated?

In most cases, foot or ankle arthritis can be managed using non-surgical treatment options. 

At OrthoNeuro, these options may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Assistive devices
  • Corticosteroid injections

In the instances where foot or ankle arthritis has not responded to conservative treatments, your OrthoNeuro Specialist may recommend a surgical procedure to alleviate pain. 

These procedures may include:

Arthroscopic Debridement: Removal of damaged cartilage, tissue, and bone spurs around the joint.

Arthrodesis: Removing damaged cartilage and fixating the bones permanently by implanting rods and screws.

Total Ankle Replacement: The damaged portions of the ankle joint are removed and replaced with metal and plastic components that mimic the function of a healthy ankle joint.

Patients who are experiencing the symptoms of foot or ankle arthritis should not delay a diagnosis.

The decision of what treatments are best for you will be determined by what you and your OrthoNeuro Specialist feel are best. 

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today!

If you have been suffering the symptoms of foot or ankle arthritis, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 

Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.

Foot, Ankle, and Podiatry Specialists

If you have an acute injury or live with chronic foot and ankle pain in Call OrthoNeuro today or make an appointment online for expert foot and ankle care in Columbus, Ohio.

Nicholas A. Cheney, DO, FAOAO

Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon

Jeffrey E. Gittins, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Ralph J. Napolitano Jr., DPM, CWSP, FACFAS


Very nice staff. They got me in and out quickly, had to get surgery, and they made sure that was all set up and aftercare was clear

Dena T.